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Aban & Khorshid (A Short Film About Being Murdered for Being Gay)

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

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"Imagine two young men, nooses wrapped around both their necks. Blindfolded, their bodies hang listlessly before a cheering crowd in a packed public square. Condemned for the simple act of loving each other, these two men were executed for being gay. Their love, and the price they paid for that love, is the inspiration for this story.

In Iran in 2005, a photo was taken of two men, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhonihad, on the day they were executed for being gay. While seeming completely unthinkable, executions based on sexuality still happen, even within the last ten years. The photo of this atrocious act serves as the inspiration of our new film, Aban & Khorshid.

Aban & Khorshid explores the relationship of two men just hours before they are to be killed for loving each other. If you only had a few hours left to live, what would you share with the love of your life? What would you say? What would you do? It’s an almost impossible question to ask, yet it will be one many people around the world must someday face. In fact…

In 76 countries around the world, homosexuality is a punishable offense. In 5 of those countries, it is punishable by death.

In these final moments, Aban and Khorshid share with each other their dreams, their fears, their understanding of what life means to them. The film is an intimate and vulnerable portrait of two forbidden lovers, glimpsing into the world in which they met and fell in love."

A big tip of the hat to the fine folks at Queerty.

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