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Seyran Ateş: Sex, Revolution and Islam


In the 1960s, hippies sparked the sexual revolution with little resistance. In 2020, Seyran Ateş, a Turkish-German lawyer and feminist, faces fatwas, bullets, and constant death threats for advocating a sexual revolution within Islam. As one of Europe’s first female imams, she promotes a liberal mosque without gender segregation or discrimination based on sexual orientation. Seyran’s journey spans the globe, from German brothels to Uyghur LGBTQ communities, as she challenges extremism and promotes peace and love within Islam. Join her revolution!


  • Los Angeles Times
    "Seyran Ateş: Sex, Revolution and Islam" serves as an introduction to her work for a broader audience, but the film aggravates with its refusal to interrogate its titular subject.
    Roxana Hadadi
  • 48 Hills
    Nefise Ozkal Lorentzen's documentary has some mannered, staged elements that are an unnecessary distraction. But its content, and subject, have a galvanizing power nonetheless.
    Dennis Harvey

Festival Participation

  • Norwegian International Film Festival - 2021
    Nominee Audience Award Best Film
  • San Francisco International Film Festival - 2021
    Nominee Golden Gate Award Best Documentary Feature
  • Vermont International Film Festival - 2021
    Nominee People's Choice Award Audience Award
  • Bergen International Film Festival - 2021
    Nominee Checkpoints Award
  • Oslo Films from the South Festival - 2021
    Nominee DOC: South Award Best Documentary
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival - 2021
    Nominee Audience Award Best Documentary
  • CPH:DOX - 2021
    Nominee NORDIC:DOX Award
  • Cinema for Peace Awards - 2022
    Nominee Cinema for Peace Award Cinema for Peace Dove for Women's Empowerment

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