Documentary screening: Mr Gay Syria

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Documentary screening: Mr Gay Syria

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Oxford Brookes University Documentary Club are screening Mr Gay Syria for LGBTQ+ History Month.

Mr Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul, living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria’s LGBTI movement and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream: to participate in an international beauty contest as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will the refugee crisis and the harsh consequences of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it to pieces?

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Reverend Kate Harford, Ecumenical Chaplain at Oxford Brookes University, and Zayna Ratty, Integrative Hypno-Psychotherapist and Joint Chair/Co-Ordinator of LGBTQIA+ Mental Health charity Oxford Friend. Kate and Zayna are currently working on a project in Oxford to provide space for those who are seeking asylum, who identify as LGBTQ+ to facilitate a peer support community within safe confidential spaces.