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I Am Gay And Muslim (2012)  
Topic: gay, homophobia

Documentary (Netherlands/Morocco)
Run time: 59 minutes

Premiere: March 2012 (Netherlands)

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Azar (29) was thrown out of his home by his parents due to his homosexuality and spent three months in jail for a false claim of prostitution.

Samir (43), father of two children, has repressed his homosexuality for years. Is a devoted Muslim, currently divorced.

Soufian (23), Studies Technical Engineering, devoted Muslim. Leads a double life. Religion comes first, his sexuality second.

Rayan (21) had his coming out with family and friends. Nearly all reactions were positive.

Abdelwahid (19) was shadowed by his own father for suspected homosexual activity. Despite his religion and being attracted to men, he refuses to define people as ‘Muslim’ or ‘Gay’.

Sebastien (36), french teacher, dating Rayan.

Director: Chris Belloni


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.

I Am Gay And Muslim
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.



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