SIN­NER IN MECCA

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(Parvez Sharma, Saudi Ara­bia/ In­dia/U. S.). 80 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNNN In his fol­low- up to A Ji­had For Love, Parvez Sharma makes him­self the fo­cus while ful­fill­ing his Is­lamic duty by mak­ing a pil­grim­age to Mecca. He takes a lot of risks while he’s at it: he’s a Sunni among mil­lions of Shi’ites, he’s car­ry­ing a cam­era, and he’s a gay man.

Along the way, he scoffs at what he calls a Mecca of cap­i­tal­ism and is ap­palled by how vis­i­tors trash the holy sites.

Shots of the masses of pil­grims are spec­tac­u­lar, es­pe­cially those of the mil­lions cir­cling the Kaaba, one of five re­quired rit­u­als, but the emo­tional core of the film is what stands out: Sharma’s iden­tity cri­sis as a de­vout gay Mus­lim.

SGC Apr 29, 6: 45 pm, Sco­tia­bank 7; Apr 30, 2 pm, ROM; May 2, noon, TIFF 3

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