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A Sinner in Mecca (2015)

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Here, we enter the city of Mecca that has been forbidden to non-Muslims for 14 centuries. For gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma, filming in Saudi Arabia presents two serious challenges -- filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. He ends up documenting his journey on nothing more than an iPhone and two smuggled, tiny cameras. On these never-before-filmed streets of ancient Mecca, he joins 4 million Muslims, from the majority, peace-loving pilgrims fulfilling a lifelong calling, to brutal jihadists for whom violence is a creed. They have all entered Mecca for the world's largest pilgrimage: the Hajj. Sharma yearns to find his own place within an Islam he has always known, an Islam that bears no resemblance to the bastardized versions creating havoc around the Muslim world.

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

September 4, 2015 | Full Review…

My true frustration about Sharma's film is that beneath the diversions, it contains the material for what could have been something as controversial, powerful, and tender as he seemed to wish.

September 4, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

September 3, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

September 3, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

September 3, 2015 | Full Review…

The result is a fascinating look at a city off-limits to non-Muslims.

August 28, 2015 | Full Review…

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