Mr Gay Syria

Ayse Toprak
| Germany, France, Turkey
| 2017
| 84 min

Mr Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian men: Husein, a barber and refugee in Istanbul, and Mahmoud, who lives in Berlin and works part time at an NGO helping gay asylum seekers. What brings them together is a crazy dream: to take part in Mr. Gay World, an international beauty contest, as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. The contest becomes a thread that weaves together the difficulties of being gay in homophobic societies, the challenges of coming out, the joy of falling in love, and the devastating migration crisis.

Ayse Toprak
Ekin Calisir
Australian Premiere
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