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  • 10 10
  • 2018
  • 80min
  • Original Title: Abu

This is an intimate exploration Documentary of a gay son's evolving relationship with his devout Muslim father, delving into the complexities of faith, identity, and acceptance.


AWARDS: Jury Award - Best Documentary. Seattle Queer Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Fantasia Film Festival/ La Film Festival/ BFI London Film Festival

Abu - A gay son and his devout Muslim father

This Film presents an emotional journey as filmmaker Arshad Khan navigates his own identity as a gay man and his complex relationship with his devout Muslim father. Through a treasure trove of over three decades of family archives, Khan provides an unusually well-documented depiction of his family's dynamic evolution, in the face of migration, personal growth, and religious zeal.

The film delves deep into Khan's father's transformation from an open-minded individual to a deeply religious one, while candidly addressing the profound impacts of psychological, sexual, and physical abuse. With a compelling narrative spanning across years and continents, "Abu" captures the heartrending struggles and the resilient spirit of a family caught between tradition and change.

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