Alex & Ali

Turkey/ USA, 2011-2014, 83 min

Language: Farsi and English with Russian subtitles 

DirectorMalachi Leopold

           

 

This feature documentary tells the epic love story of an American and an Iranian gay couple. Alex, a former Peace Corps volunteer, spent a decade living in Iran (1967 - 1977). While there, he met and fell in love with Ali, an Iranian whom Alex considers his soul mate. When the Islamic revolution erupted in the late 70's, Alex was forced to leave Iran - and Ali. But the two men kept their relationship alive through letters, phone calls, and emails. !

In May 2012, documentary filmmaker and human rights advocate Malachi Leopold followed Alex to Istanbul, where Alex and Ali reunited for the first time in 35 years, hoping to rekindle their relationship. The film follows the men as their best-laid plans are turned upside down, revealing emotionally painful twists and turns that transform their lives forever.