Mr. Gay Syria
Documentary TR/DE/FR (2017), 87min

Writer / Director: Ayse Toprak
Editor: Nadia Ben Rachid
Camera: Anne Misselwitz, Hajo Schomerus
Sound: Vincent Rozenberg
Producer: Antoine Simkine, Ekin Çalişir, Christine Kiauk, Herbert Schwering
Production: Les Films d’Antoine, Coin Film, Toprak Film

World Sales: Taskovski Films Ltd.

WORLD PREMIERE: 13th June 2017 at the Internationalen Filmfestival SHEFFIELD


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?

Human Rights Award

23. Sarajevo
Film Festival
Special Mention
Turin LGBTQI Festival