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In a time when Islam is under tremendous attack from within and without, A JIHAD FOR LOVE is a daring documentary filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is loudest, filming with great risk in nations where government permission to make this film was not an option.
A JIHAD FOR LOVE is the world's first feature documentary to explore the complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality. Parvez enters the many worlds of Islam by illuminating multiple stories as diverse as Islam itself. The film travels a wide geographic arc presenting us lives from India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France. Always filming in secret and as a Muslim, Parvez makes the film from within the faith, depicting Islam with the same respect that the film's characters show for it.
Revealing and moving...notable for its depiction of the tenacity with which its subjects hold on to their faith despite the wall of bigotry, often homicidal, that confronts them. --Wall Street Journal
Lifts the veil of secrecy... frankly brave. --NPR, Talk of the Nation
Features stories from South Africa, Iran, and India about men and women who are Muslims and love those of the same gender. Read morePublished 8 months ago by ellison
Having been raised in Turkey. I feel utterly disappointed in this production. It supposedly highlights human rights issues in some locales he had been at. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Breeze
A good documentary and overview of queer Muslim individuals. Parts can be difficult to watch due to the content - it's not physically graphic, but can make you emotional if the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kristopher
A doco presents meticulously collated facts from around countries traditionally-Muslim and tells of both prosecution in native lands and mercy of the First World providing asylum... Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Michael Kerjman