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Filmmaker Hopes to Bring Attention to Plight of Gays in Iran: VIDEO


Filmmaker Wajahat Ali Abbasi is hoping to spread awareness about the plight of gays in Iran with a film inspired by the 2005 hanging of two gay youths there.

Watch the Kickstarter trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

Here's the film's page.

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  1. wow, powerful...I look forward to seeing this

    Posted by: RxR | Sep 18, 2012 7:04:55 PM

  2. Very nice ! good luck with the movie

    Posted by: Rameez | Sep 18, 2012 7:59:04 PM

  3. I certainly hope there's no war with Iran, because they have some fine a** looking dudes.

    Just saying.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Sep 18, 2012 10:09:31 PM

  4. hopefully this touching film will bring an increased sense of awareness to the autrocities committed by this shallow minded country.It is hard to believe that one of the oldest civilizations can be this uncivilized, barbaric.

    Posted by: richard | Sep 18, 2012 11:06:38 PM

  5. If you are gay and living in Iran - GET OUT! That's the best advice anyone can give you.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Sep 19, 2012 1:10:51 AM

  6. While Christianity and Judaism have been mostly defanged, with the exception of fundamentalist Christianity in the USA, Islam is still a virulent homophobic force on the world stage. Make no mistake about it, if you favor equality for women and sexual minorities Islam is your mortal enemy.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 19, 2012 2:39:33 AM

  7. Very moving and sad. The young actor reminds me of Chris Colfer a little. This story needs to be told, but doubtful it will make much of a difference to the intolerance in Iran. Sad truth.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Sep 19, 2012 2:42:41 AM

  8. Is Towleroad so money hungry that they post anti-Obama ads on this site? Our freedoms depend on the reelection of Obama. Shame on you Andy Towle.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 19, 2012 4:30:04 AM

  9. And in today's world, where Islam and its tenets fight to get civilization back to the middle ages, if you openly state it you can be called islamophobic. Yeap, they learned the lesson: take the western freedoms to preach the hate, play the victim when pointing it out.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Sep 19, 2012 4:49:34 AM

  10. SayTheTruth that sword cuts both ways. If anyone dares to criticize any aspect of Israeli policy, they are branded an anti-semite. And let's not forget, just a few short years ago, if you criticized any of GWB's policies, you would be called anti-American.

    Posted by: Anon | Sep 19, 2012 8:30:32 AM

  11. Thank you guys for believing in my film, I am overwhelmed by your responses, I am passionate to craft a beautiful story, a story which will help giving voice to many innocent people all over the world, where they are treated as criminals because they are gay… join me in this journey be connecting on and Thank you for all the support

    Posted by: Wajahat | Sep 19, 2012 11:14:29 PM

  12. Here in Los Angeles, about three years ago, I saw a play based on these poor boys called "Haram Iran". It was produced and presented at the Celebration Theater.

    It was SO hard to watch, but important to do so. What happened, reminded me a lot of how black males would get lynched in the Jim Crow south, on the flimsiest of accusations of sexual congress with a white female.
    A mere accusation, without evidence or the motive to make that accusation can and has lead to these kinds of incidents that our nation or any nation should be condemning and forcefully.

    The defamation and hyperbole that's spread about gay people is obviously dangerous. So much so that not even children are safe from it.
    Lawrence King, after all, was only 14 when he was executed outright in his classroom by another boy his own age.

    Such an atmosphere that teaches that gay people are not only worthless, but threatening, makes casual contact impossible without physical threat to gay people.
    For all their talk about how civilized, moral and virtuous they are, religious fundamentalism is anathema to all that.

    Posted by: Regan DuCasse | Oct 1, 2012 8:10:50 AM

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