African, Muslim, and Gay

Abdellah Taia
Middle East and North Africa
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Novelist and filmmaker Abdellah Taia describes growing up asa 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.

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