Mr. Gay Syria

country, year                    
Turkey, Germany, Malta, France, 2017


running time

directed by
Ayse Toprak

Arabic, English, Turkish, German

English and Slovenian

about the film
Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria’s LGBTI movement and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream: to participate in an international beauty contest as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will the refugee crisis and the harsh consequences of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it to pieces?

You can watch the trailer here.

about the author

Ayse Toprak is a filmmaker based in Istanbul. In her filmmaking she wants to tell the stories of people who she feels have different ways of looking at the world, each unique in their own way.

festivals and awards

Chicago International Film Festival, 2017

Sarajevo Film Festival, 2017

Tirana Film Festval, 2017

Amsterdam LGBTQ Film Festival Roze Filmdagen, 2018