Logo continues its slate of inspiring and emotional documentaries with a forbidden love story between two Iraqi men, a soldier and a translator for U.S. soldiers in Out of Iraq.
The doc tells the true story of Nayyef Hrebid and Btoo Allami, two enlisted men who fall in love before they are forced to leave the country when Btoo becomes the target of an honor killing. Nayyef, the translator obtains a visa and moves to the U.S., leaving Btoo behind, but both are determined to reunite one day where they are able to love without fear.
“To be gay in Iraq, it’s very dangerous,” Hrebid told KUOW in Seattle. “It’s losing your life. You get shame to the family. You lose your family, and you lose your friends, you lose everything almost. That is why there is other ways to be gay, just between you and maybe the other person.”
The film is produced by World of Wonder and co-directed by Chris McKim and Eva Orner, who won an Oscar for the 2007 documentary Taxi to the Dark Side.
Prepare for an emotional journey and watch the trailer below:
Out of Iraq premieres June 13 at 9/8c on Logo.