Film - A Sinner in Mecca (2015)

For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presents two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. For Parvez Sharma, however, these were risks he had to take as he embarked on his Hajj pilgrimage, a journey considered the greatest accomplishment and aspiration within his religion, Islam. On the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Parvez left his home in New York, the Mecca of freedom, to join peace-loving pilgrims and brutal jihadists to fulfill a lifelong calling. On his journey, Parvez aims to look beyond 21st century Islam’s crises of religious extremism, commercialism and sectarian battles. He brings back the story of religion like it has never been told, having endured the biggest jihad there is: the struggle with the self. The Washington Post called A Sinner in Mecca “Revelatory.”

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 2:00pm
Main Library Auditorium