ADDED ON: 09/28/2018

Egyptian Filmmaker Aims to Show LGBT+ People are ‘Not Alone’

09/28/2018 | Reuters

The director of a new Egyptian movie about a secretly gay man preparing to marry a woman has said he wanted to let LGBT+ people in the Middle East know they are “not alone”. Sam Abbas, who also plays the lead character Rami, said the secrecy depicted in “The Wedding” was a daily reality for gay people in the region who had to keep their sexuality hidden. “The film to me, more than anything, is about repression and alienation,” Abbas told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in emailed statements. “The Middle East, especially Egypt, is not LGBTQ friendly, so hopefully it will show individuals of the community that they are not alone.” “The Wedding” depicts the inner struggles of a young gay Muslim man living in New York and will show in secret, invitation-only screenings in the Middle East in November to protect viewers.

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