OUT IN IRAN; INSIDE IRAN’S SECRET GAY WORLD

Out in Iran; Inside Iran’s Secret Gay World
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Time: 21min., Format: DV, colour, 2007
(Language: English & Persian, Subtitle: English)

In line with efforts of raising awareness about minority groups, in 2007, Farid Haerinejad directed and
produced Out in Iran: Inside Iran’s Secret Gay World  that premiered on Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation. This film follows the lives of queer Iranians living in a country that homosexuality is a
crime punishable by death. The film reveals the challenges confronting ordinary gay Iranians, their
aspirations for a better future and their correspondences with Canadian gay rights groups who are
working to make a difference. Out in Iran was the first documentary film about Iranian gays living in
Iran. In the following years Out in Iran became an unofficial credential for those Iranian LGBTQ
individuals seeking asylum and was used extensively by activists to increase awareness and to fight for
equal rights for Iranian queer people.

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