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A Sinner In Mecca

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Parvez Sharma

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About the Movie

Here, we enter the city of Mecca that has been forbidden to non-Muslims for 14 centuries. This is a provocative road-trip through the heart of Islam. 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. With nothing more than his iPhone, he joins 4 million Muslims, from the majority, peace-loving pilgrims fulfilling a lifelong calling, to brutal jihadists for whom violence is a creed, in the world's largest pilgrimage. This is a story about a life-long quest of finding faith and overcoming fear across two continents.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

85%
  • Reviews Counted: 13
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Sharma has created a swirling, fascinating travelogue and a stirring celebration of devotion. – Andy Webster, New York Times, Sep 3, 2015

Fresh: 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, Aug 28, 2015

Fresh: 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, Sep 3, 2015

Rotten: 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, Sep 4, 2015

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Customer Reviews

crappy

a must miss…...

Horrible

Horrible and insulting. Doesn't portray correct facts about Islam. Insulting

Some technical difficulties

The first half of the movie is plagued, at least on this machine, by audible squeaks, and the CC drops out at important moments. Some interviews were apparently chosen for inclusion, but nothing I did with the options got me a translation.

The question of gay Islam is mostly untouched here. To me it concerns the emotional and physical exhaustion of a man's hajj. It was an interesting tour, but could have done with more showing rather than telling.

A Sinner In Mecca
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2015

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