Secret screenings: Director Sam Abbas brings LGBTQ film to Middle Eastern audience
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While the majority of the world has legalised homosexuality, the countries where it is still outlawed are concentrated in the Middle East. The subject remains contentious in the region, even when addressed in art form. The 25-year-old Egyptian-American filmmaker Sam Abbas talks to us about his LGBTQ film "The Wedding" and the steps he had to take to ensure safety when screening the movie in the region.
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