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SQIFF: Queer Arab Lives - Mr Gay Syria (FILM - CAPTIONED)

  • Kinning Park Complex 43 Cornwall Street Glasgow, Scotland, G41 1BA United Kingdom (map)

Husein is a barber in Istanbul balancing life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria’s LGBTI movement and a refugee living in Berlin. In this powerful documentary, they both dream of participating in an international beauty contest in order to challenge the invisibility that comes with being gay Arabs.

Screening as part of Kinning Park Complex’s monthly community meal. Food served at 6pm on a Pay-What-You-Want basis. The film will start at 7pm.

Curated by Samar Ziadat in partnership with Dardishi, a zine and Festival of Arab womxn’s art.

This is a free event with no booking required. Just show up on the night.



Film in the Arabic language with English language subtitles/captions.

Large print versions of handouts available.

Kinning Park Complex has good access for wheelchair users. Please email for more details on venue access.

We have a limited travel fund to assist people to come to the Festival for those who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for this, please contact

Venue: Kinning Park Complex

Later Event: December 6