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2015 3.0/5 NR HD 79 minutes

A gay, Muslim filmmaker risks his life when he travels to the holy city of Mecca for a Hajj pilgrimage, carrying a hidden smartphone and tiny cameras.

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Directed by Parvez Sharma

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Language: English

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NYT Critics' Pick: In ‘A Sinner in Mecca,’ a Gay Director Ponders His Sexuality and Islamic Faith

In this documentary, Parvez Sharma considers the contradiction with his religion while on a pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia. — Andy Webster Read the review

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Mr. Sharma has created a swirling, fascinating travelogue and a stirring celebration of devotion.

Andy Webster, New York Times, 2015-09-03


The mix of ancient customs and modern crowd-control methods is both inspiring and surprising, and an absolute must-see for any student of sociology or religion.

Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News, 2015-09-03


Sharma's vital, personal doc reveals the filmmaker's attempt at hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that it is the duty of Muslims to undertake once in a lifetime.

Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2015-09-03


A Sinner in Mecca is a suitably messy mix of the gritty and the surreal, the wrenching and the transcendent, from the midst of the trek to Islam's holiest site.

Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter, 2015-08-28


Many aspects of A Sinner in Mecca are fraught...so why does it seldom feel like a matter of life or death?

Tricia Olszewski, TheWrap, 2015-09-04