A Sinner in Mecca

A Sinner in Mecca

  • Director(s): Parvez Sharma
  • Producer(s): Parvez Sharma, Alison Amron, Andrew Herwitz
  • Country: India, Saudi Arabia, United States
  • Year: 2015
  • Duration: 79 min
  • Language: English, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi
  • Format: dcp
  • Premiere status: World Premiere
  • Website: www.asinnerinmecca.com

After releasing his film A Jihad for Love, exploring Islam and homosexuality, Parvez Sharma is a marked man, having been publicly labelled an infidel. But Sharma is unwilling to give up the faith that has been overshadowed by extremists. “Oh Prophet: Is there a place in Islam for sinners like me?” he asks – and decides to go in search of the answer. Leaving his husband behind in New York, he journeys to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, to undertake the Hajj pilgrimage, considered the greatest accomplishment within Islam. With filming forbidden and homosexuality punishable by death, he films surreptitiously on his IPhone. He follows thousands of pilgrims through garbage-filled streets, and from the holiest of sites, the Kaaba, through to the air-conditioned Starbucks 700 metres away. Throughout, Sharma weaves a thoughtful meditation on modern Islam that is also a brave and moving autobiographical documentary.

Carol Nahra

Director Filmography
  • 2008, A Jihad for Love
Credits
Executive Producer(s):
Andrew Herwitz
Editor(s):
Alison Amron, Sajid Akbar
Music(s):
Sajid Akbar
Cinematographer(s):
Parvez Sharma, Husain Akbar
Commissioning Editor(s):
Kathrin Brinkmann
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Andrew Herwitz
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