Public hanging film to highlight plight of gay Iranians

Published: September 19, 2012

A film based on the shocking true story of an Iranian teenager, hung in public with his partner for being gay aims to highlight the hardships faced by people in Iran.

The movie, called Sin – Based On A True Story, is trying to raise $160,000 (€124,000), to tell the story of the events leading up to and after the public hanging in 2005 of one of the boys who was hung alongside his partner.

Film maker Wajahat Ali Abbas, is using crowd funding website to raise the money needed to put the film into full production.

Speaking about his motivation to make a film based on the hanging, Abbas says: ‘Moved by this incident, since 2005 I have done extensive research on hate crimes because of sexual orientation in the USA and worldwide and found some shocking facts.

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