Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islam

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At the French Institute:

MON 13/06 10.15pm

Title: Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islam
Direction: Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
Cast: Bayan Amin, Hatun Ates, Seyran Ates, Håkon Haugsbø, Nazneen Khan-Østrem, Usman Rana, Lara Rashid
Production: Integral Film
Distribution: Norwegian Film Institute
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 81’
Country: Norway
Year: 2021
O.V. in German, Turkish, English, Chinese and Norwegian. Subtitles in Spanish

Festivals: Austin (LGTBI), Bergen, Berlin (women cinema), Bologna (biographic cinema), Braunschweig (Germany), Calgary (justice-related documentaries), California (UNAFF, Human Rights), Copenhagen (documentaries), Edmonton (Canada, documentaries), Elverum (Norway, cinema on war conflicts), Guangzhou, Haugesund (Norway), Lunenburg (Canada, documentaries), Oslo (cinema from the South), Prague (Human Rights), Rhode Island, San Francisco, The Hague, Toronto (documentaries), Vancouver (documentaries), Vermont, Warsaw (documentaries), Warsaw (women cinema), Warsaw (Human Rights)

First showing in Spain

The exemplary humanitarian work of Turkish-German radical feminist, lawyer, and imam, Seyran Ateş is the central focus of this compelling and revealing documentary. As a young Muslim girl in Berlin, Seyran grew up experiencing Islamic repression. Since then, she has dedicated herself to reforming Islam, opening the first mosque with no gender segregation and educating and empowering LGBTQ Muslim youth to embrace their sexuality. The film reveals a determined woman, one willing to put her life on the line in the name of religious reform and sexual freedom. Oslo-based Turkish-Norwegian director, writer, and producer Nefise Özkal Lorentzen has focused much of her career on documentaries related to Islam. She has used her platform as a means of human rights activism and to bring attention to the lives of LGBTQ people.