African, Muslim, and Gay Abdellah Taia

2015 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 27, 2015

Novelist and filmmaker Abdellah Taia describes growing up as a young gay man in Morocco, a country where homosexuality is a crime. He tells the audience how drunken men from his village would gather outside his house and threaten him with sexual violence. Taia also sheds light on the emotional trauma he experienced as a result of his family not defending him from the threats and attacks. He reveals how art has played an integral role in helping him cope with the struggles of his childhood in Morocco.