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The Art of Sin

Documentary about Ahmed Umar | By Ibrahim Mursal
Wednesday 05.04.23
Ahmed Umar The Artof Sin 1

In 2015, the Norwegian-Sudanese artist Ahmed Umar came out as Sudan's first openly gay man, something that led to a massive outrage in the Sudanese society and made it life-threatening for him to visit his home country. In The Art of Sin, we follow him and director Ibrahim Mursal on a journey back to Sudan, where Umar hopes to be reunited with his family.

About the film

After coming to Norway as a political refugee, Ahmed Umar has become a renowned artist. Proud of his roots, his art mixes Sudanese and western influences. In 2015, he came out as gay on Facebook, making him the first openly gay man from Sudan. This caused a massive outrage in the Sudanese community. Although the 30-year dictatorship fell by revolution in 2019, homosexuality is still punishable by death in Sudan. Still, Ahmed takes a chance and goes back to Sudan to see his mother again.

​Norway isn’t without dangers for openly gay immigrants either. During a Pride parade, Ahmed is badly beaten up because of his flamboyant attitude. In The Art of Sin, director Ibrahim Mursal has to face his own deeply ingrained prejudice while following Ahmed’s journey. With a deeply religious background, he struggles with his own cultural concept of masculinity. The Art of Sin is a journey spanning worlds and cultures, art and religion, national identities, genders and love. Click here to read more.

Ahmed Umar, Ibrahim Mursal and the Fadlabi in conversation about the film

Ahmed Umar, Ibrahim Mursal and Fadlabi: The Art Of Sin

After The Art of Sin's Oslo premiere in September 2021 at Kunstnernes Hus Cinema, Ahmed Umar, Ibrahim Mursal and the artist Fadlabi had a conversation about the film.

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