The exemplary humanitarian work of Turkish-German radical feminist, lawyer, and imam, Seyran Ateş is the central focus of this compelling and revealing documentary. As a young Muslim girl in Berlin, Seyran grew up experiencing Islamic repression. Since then, she has dedicated herself to reforming Islam, opening the first mosque with no gender segregation and educating and empowering LGBTQ Muslim youth to embrace their sexuality. The film reveals a determined woman, one willing to put her life on the line in the name of religious reform and sexual freedom.
“If you are in the market for an LGBTQ hero for 2021, we propose Seyran Ates (…) Ates is a gem and the film is a love letter, but you will leave feeling better about the world knowing she exists and is trying to reform Islam despite savage criticism”.
- Brian Bromberger, The Bay Area Reporter (SF Film Festival 2021; a few fave flicks)
“Seyran Ates introduces viewers to a pioneering woman who deserves attention and respect. This film shows why her efforts to rethink sexuality and Islam are critical for improving the world”.
- Gary Kramer, SF Bay Times (LGBT Highlights from the SF Film Fest)
“The struggles of this courageous woman as well as her rise from a childhood in the Turkish slums to inspirational leader are chronicled in the globetrotting documentary, “Sex, Revolution and Islam.””
- By Sura Wood, SF Arts (Strong Presence of Women, BIPOC and Local Directors at 2021 SFFILM)
“Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen’s conventional documentary does a commendable job of spotlighting the unconventional Ates, whose beliefs have challenged the patriarchy of Islam and led to a string of hate and death threats hurled at her”.
- By Randy Myers, The Mercury News (SF Film Fest 2021: 14 streaming and drive-in shows you have to see)
Directed by Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen
Duration: 81 minutes
Languages: English, German, Turkish