“The Wedding”, a queer Egyptian film from the first-ever LGBTQ-inclusive Arab film company, ArabQ, is set to be premiered in November.
It is the first film project by ArabQ, which launched at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival and is set to premiere this November, with strictly by invitation screenings scheduled in the Middle East.
Produced and directed by Egyptian filmmaker, Sam Abbas, who also stars as Rami, the movie tells the story of Rami, who is greatly perturbed by his upcoming marriage to American Sara (Nikohl Boosheri), even as he tries to keep his homosexual true self in the closet.
The film also co-stars Hend Ayoub, James Penfold and Harry Aspinwall.
It is set against a middle east apathetic to issues of homosexuality. Egypt remains strongly opposed to gay rights, and in a recent poll, about 95 percent of the pollsters said homosexuality should not be a part of Egyptian society
The film was created in partnership with Survivant Productions, Polyglot Pictures and the Alexandria Film Institute.
Executive producers include Suki Sandhu, a diversity specialist from London and founder/CEO of two organizations, Audeliss and INvolve, that work to promote multiple diversity agendas.