VENICE: ARAB FILM FEATURES GAY PROTAGONIST

20 Oct

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By COLLEEN BARRY

 

MILAN (AP) — Writer and director Abdellah Taia believes he has given Arab cinema its first gay protagonist in his debut film “Salvation Army.”

Taia already created a sensation in his native Morocco when he became the first Moroccan to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality in 2006 and a year later appeared on the cover of a newsmagazine under the headline “Homosexual, Against All Odds.”

Taia, who lives in Paris where he has published novels including “Salvation Army,” on which the film was based, took a calculated risk coming out in a country where gays can face jail.

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