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Seyran Ateş: Sex, Revolution and Islam

Dir. Nefise Özkal Lorentzen / Norway / 2021 / 81’


Reinventing Tomorrow


Director: Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
Screenplay: Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
Cinematography: Anders Hoft
Editing: Morten Haslerud
Sound: Andreu Jacob
Music: Simon M. Valentine
Producer: Jørgen Lorentzen
Production: Integral Film AS
World sales: DR Sales
Language: German, English



In the 1960’s, the hippies championed the idea of a sexual revolution. They had neither Fatwas nor bodyguards. In 2019, Seyran Ateş, a Turkish-German lawyer, feminist, and female imam in Berlin, says Islam needs a sexual revolution. She has two Fatwas and five bodyguards. . Ateş has been shot at and received numerous death threats, but believes the only way to fight against radical Islam is through Islam. Which is why, in her liberal mosque, there is no gender segregation or exclusion based on sexual orientation. This is the story of Seyran's personal and ideological fight for the modernization of Islam. Her quest for a change takes her on a journey around the world, meeting with different people connected through faith, from sex workers in a German brothel to Uyghur LGBTQ youth and traditional female imams in China. It is also a journey through Seyran's life, from her humble beginnings as a Muslim girl in Turkey's slums to a female leader daring to challenge her own religion. Seyran rebels against extremism and hate in the name of peace and love.


Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, San Francisco International Film Festival, Movies that Matter Festival, NorthwestFest International Documentary Festival, DOXA Documentary Film Festival, The Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund, One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Millennium Docs Against Gravity


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Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
Nefise Özkal Lorentzen (b. 1964) is a Turkish-Norwegian film director. She holds a BA in Political Science from the Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a Master's degree in Media and Communication from the University of Oslo. She has written and directed numerous documentary films, often touching upon controversial themes such as gay Muslims, war, and racial discrimination. In 2008 she also made her debut in fiction, writing and directing the five-episode drama TV-series “The Young Detectives”. In addition to making films, Nefise Özkal Lorentzen has also written several books.




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