HPPUB MOVIE REVIEW of Tarik El Hob

 

Title:  Tarik El Hob (The Road to Love)

Release Date:  2003

Nationality and Language: France: French

Running time: 70 Min

MPAA Rating:  NC-17 (not officially submitted)

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Director; Writer: Remi Lange

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Technical: Video

Relevance to HPPUB site: homosexuality in Islamic society

Review:

 

This film, sponsored by at Al-Fatiha Foundation for LGBTQ Muslims & Friends was shown during the Washingtom DC Reelaffirmations film festival ironically at the Washington Jewish Community Center. The basic story is that of a North African filmmaker, Karim, living in Paris making a documentary about homosexuality among Arab men. Gradually, especially as he goes on the road to Greece and then to Marrakech, Morocco, he has to deal with his own erotic feelings. His interest had started looking at a television account of an ancient tradition in Siwa, Egypt, where men were allowed to marry each other within Islam. Later on, the idea of situational homosexuality, where men experiment with each other until heterosexual marriage, is also explored. As with many independent films, much of the photography is on location, much truer in effect than with Hollywood.  

 

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