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SEYRAN ATES: SEX, REVOLUTION AND ISLAM
(55 min) Germany/Norway/Turkey
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FRIDAY 10/22, 7:30 PM (SESSION 3)

Director: Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
Producers: Jørgen Lorentzen

Description:

In the 1960s, the hippies championed the idea of a sexual revolution. They received neither Fatwas nor bodyguards. Today, Seyran Ates - a Turkish- German lawyer, feminist, and one of the first female imams in Europe - is fighting for a sexual revolution within Islam. In return, she was shot, received fatwas and death threats, and now has to live under constant police protection. Seyran believes the only way to fight against radical Islam is through Islam, which is why, in her liberal mosque, there is no gender segregation or exclusion based on sexual orientation. This is the story of Seyran's personal and ideological fight for the modernization of Islam. Her quest for change takes her on a journey around the world, meeting with different people connected through faith, from sex workers in a German brothel to Uyghur LGBTQ youth and traditional female imams in China. It is also a journey through Seyran's life, from her humble beginnings as a Muslim girl in Turkey's slums to a female leader daring to challenge her own religion. Seyran rebels against extremism and hate in the name of peace and love.

Biography:

Nefise Özkal Lorentzen is a Turkish-Norwegian writer, filmmaker and producer. Over the past two decades she has produced and directed several controversial documentaries related to Islam. As a result of her dedication to LGBTQ people and human rights activism through her films, she's been named one of the TOP 10 immigrant role models in Norway. Her trilogy of films entitled, Gender Me, A Balloon for Allah, and ManIslam, brings alive these untold stories through public visibility. She was nominated for the History Makers Award. Utilizing her workshop concept, gender activism through films, she has been cooperating with various NGOs, and hopes one day gender segregation and violence against women will be a long-forgotten aspect of history.

​​Jørgen Lorentzen is a Norwegian literary scholar and independent film producer. His research has focused on the representation of men and masculinities in literature, film and popular culture. He became known to a broad audience through his participation in the TV program Hjernevask. His films are: A Gift from God, Beauty and the Dogs, ManIslam: Islam and Masculinity, A Balloon for Allah.

Contact Information:

w: http://integralfilm.com
e: neflor@yahoo.com



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