Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islam

Seyran Ates: Sex, Revolution and Islam
dir. Nesfise Özkal Lorentzen/Norway/2021/85 min.

Seyran Ateş – a Turkish-German lawyer, author, feminist, and one of the first female imams in Europe – is fighting for a sexual revolution within Islam. In return, two fatwas were issued against her and she has received uncountable death threats, and has been living under constant police protection for several years. Her quest for change takes her on a journey around the world by virtue of values and faith, which may or may not always be shared with her: from sex workers in a German brothel, to Uyghur LGBT+ youth, as well as to traditional female imams in China, where the practice has existed for over 300 years.


  • projection time:
    85 min.
  • country/year:
    Norway /2021
  • director:
    Nesfise Özkal Lorentzen
  • pictures:
    Anders Hoft
  • production:
    Jørgen Lorentzen / Integral Film
  • awards :
    2021 – Hot Docs, Toronto

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