An Arab Muslim And His Gay Sibling Make Peace In Powerful Short…

Mike Mosallam's “Brothers” will be released June 16 on Dekkoo.




Filmmaker Mike Mosallam is hoping to emphasize the significance of household, each organic and chosen, this Pride Month with one among his most beloved tasks.

HuffPost received a sneak peek at “Brothers,” which hits the streaming service Dekkoo on June 16, through the clip above. Written and directed by Mosallam, the quick movie includes each scripted scene and fashionable dance to relay a coming-of-age story about two Arab Muslim brothers (performed by Martijn Sedgfield and Viktor Simon).

In the movie, their relationship is examined in younger maturity after one among them is revealed to be homosexual. Ultimately, their bond wins out towards adversity.

“Brothers” had its world premiere in 2018 and was screened to nice acclaim on the Beirut International Film Festival, the ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival, and Nevada’s OutWest, amongst different festivals.

Mosallam mentioned he hopes that releasing “Brothers” on a streaming platform throughout Pride will remind viewers that love conquers all as they have fun after greater than a yr of pandemic lockdown and political strife.

“Family is an important part of every LGBTQ+ person’s life,” he advised HuffPost. “What is clear to me now, in my 41 years, more than ever is our innate human desire to heal our past and find closure with those who have wronged us. ‘Brothers’ is the idealistic version of that.”

“Brothers” is being launched at a prolific time for Mosallam, who relies on Los Angeles. In January, his debut directorial function, “Breaking Fast,” was launched to glowing critiques. The cross-cultural romantic comedy stars Haaz Sleiman as a Muslim physician of Lebanese descent who finds himself wooed by an all-American actor (Michael Cassidy) in the course of the holy month of Ramadan.

Mosallam careworn that his religion helped him embrace his true self as a homosexual man, and as was the case for “Breaking Fast,” he hopes “Brothers” will make clear lingering misconceptions concerning the relationship between the Muslim and LGBTQ communities.

“The stereotypes, in Islam and in many monotheistic faiths, is that the two can’t and don’t exist. But the reality is they do,” Mosallam mentioned. “Asking someone to deny their faith is akin to asking them to deny their sexuality. When we talk about choice regarding one’s sexuality, what we should be talking about is the choice to love ourselves.”

As to the movie’s overriding message, he added, “If you’ve hurt someone or if someone has hurt you, make space to heal. Let go of the hurt, and live your best life surrounded by the love you deserve.”

“Brothers” will probably be launched on June 16 on Dekkoo.




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