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I am gay and muslim

Chris Belloni

20120 h 54 min
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I AM GAY AND MUSLIM is a documentary focusing on homosexuality and gay rights in the Islamic world. For this film Chris Belloni spent the major part of 2011 in Morocco, where homosexuality is punishable by law.

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Director Chris Belloni
Release Date 2012
Country  Netherlands,   Morocco
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I AM GAY AND MUSLIM is a documentary focusing on homosexuality and gay rights in the Islamic world.

For this film Chris Belloni spent the major part of 2011 in Morocco, where homosexuality is punishable by law. The film follows a number of Moroccan homosexual young men aged, in their exploration of their religious and sexual identity. The very different men share their personal and emotional experiences on camera.

Director’s Statement

The past years the Dutch political party ‘PVV’ led by Geert Wilders has raised a lot of media attention to the Dutch Muslim youths who harass and discriminate homosexuals, hereby stigmatizing all Muslims in the Netherlands. This film has multiple goals.

‘I AM GAY AND MUSLIM’ aims to raise awareness and break the taboo surrounding homosexuality while exposing a broad spectrum of dilemmas that the men struggle with or have overcome in the past. The Arab spring seems to have awakened in Morocco as well. People wish to live freely and openly. I have decided to portray people who look ahead and are not afraid to state their opinions. Secondly I have attempted to give a platform to people that have no voice in politics and media.