2015 dir. Parvez Sharma.
A film that attempts to tell an important story – and one so rarely addressed in film and mainstream culture that it should be celebrated for its existence. Where A Sinner In Mecca fails is in its determination to achieve its singular aim. The film is at times touching, and sometimes borders on poignancy, but struggles with the heavy handed delivery of its core message. In relying too much on Western narratives of Islam as shorthand its depiction of the world filmmaker Parvez Sharma inhabits is shallow and loses much of the nuance and context that a truly incredible film could have achieved.
Check out if you like: Small budget, aggressive, shaky-cam footage adventure documentaries
Avoid if you prefer: Earnest and well-informed examinations from an academic or expert perspective