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A Jihad for Love: n a time, when Islam is under tremendous attack-from within and without-'A Jihadfor Love' is a daring documentary-filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is strongest, filming with great risk in nations where government permission to make this film was not an option. A Jihad for Love is the first-ever feature-length documentary to explore the complex global intersections of Islam and homosexuality. With unprecedented access and depth, Sharma brings to light the hidden lives of gay and lesbian Muslims from countries like Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, France, India, and South Africa. The majority of gay and lesbian Muslims must travel a lonely and often dangerous road. In many nations with a Muslim majority, laws based on Quranic interpretations are enforced by authorities to monitor, entrap, imprison, torture and even execute homosexuals. Even for those who migrate to Europe or North America and adopt Western personae of "gay," the relative freedoms of new homelands are mitigated by persistent racial profiling and intensified state surveillance after the terrorist attacks in New York, London and Madrid. As a result, many gay and lesbian Muslims end up renouncing their religion. But the real-life characters of A Jihad for Love aren't willing to abandon a faith they cherish despite its flaws. Instead, they struggle to reconcile their ardent belief with the innate reality of their being. The international chorus of gay and lesbian Muslims brought together by A Jihad for Love doesn't seek to vilify or reject Islam, but rather negotiate a new relationship to it. In doing so, the film's extraordinary characters point the way for all Muslims to move beyond the hostile, war-torn present, toward a more hopeful future. As one can imagine, it was a difficult decision for the subjects to participate in the film due to the violence they could face. However, those who have come forward to tell their stories feel this film is too important for 1.4 billion Muslims and non-Muslims around the world for them to say no. They are willing to take the risk in their quest to lay equal claim to their profoundly held faith. "A Jihad for Love' is produced by Sandi DuBowski (Director of Trembling Before G-d) in association with ZZDF-Arte Channel 4, and LOGO.

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Ratings: IMDB: 6.7/10 Metascore: 55% RT: 76%
Released: September 09, 2007
Runtime: 81 mins
Genres: Documentary
Countries: Australia France Germany UK USA
Director: Parvez Sharma
Actors: No Famous Actors

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Posted by theconfessionist 4 years, 10 months ago
+3 | +11 / -8

This is one of those movies which are either made by a desperate muslim to find an asylum in a eruopean or north american country or someone who doesn't know anything about the various cultures of muslim countries. Homosexuality is although strongly condemned not only in Islam but almost every religion, but the cultures in the majority of muslim countries looks at homosexuality in a completely opposite light. In the north western part of Pakistan and north eastern afghanistan, where pathans live in majority, homosexuality is not considered as big of a sin. Even the most religious people are found keeping boyfriends. These are the people who believe in the most uncivilized and fundamental Islam. The same tradition can be seen in other parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Now when it comes to other people being gay or lesbian, these countries have laws which condemns male-female sex to the level that they are mostly very much OK with the homosexuality which is the result of extreme frustration between men and women. According to my observation and research homosexuality in muslim countries is much more in the western non-muslim countries. Pakistan and Afghanistan are not the only examples, Saudi Arabia which is considered as a home for all muslims has a pretty higher rate of homosexuality and it can be seen easily if one interacts with men over there.

Posted by iDEBS 3 years, 11 months ago
+2 | +4 / -2

Worst movie ever, worst 10 mins of my day...too lame

Posted by yoruichiparamour 3 years, 6 months ago
+1 | +3 / -2

This Doc. was great. it answered all my questions about gay Muslims, and the people that took part in the making of this film are braver and more dignified than the ignorant,cowardly, judgmental people in some of the comments below. Who are you to judge another man or woman? Who are you to state what's right and wrong? If you feel that homosexuality is a sin in the eyes of your God, then let it be that way, but just because you think that God sees it as blasphemy doesn't mean you have the right to persecute and dictate peoples life's, YOU ARE NOT GOD. Hatred will only miscue your path for righteousness.

Posted by adriss 1 year, 4 months ago
+0 | +1 / -1

Great documentary. It shows you how religion sees homosexuality and how some people lives in fear. 8/10

Posted by Tru_Film_Fanatic 3 years ago
+0 | +1 / -1

Intresting daring detailed .4/5

Posted by mshakour 3 years, 9 months ago
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Posted by s2ky 3 years, 10 months ago
+0 | +1 / -1

I'm not gay but it really doesn't matter if you're homosexual regardless of what your choosen Religion says. I find it hard to believe that you will "go to hell" if you are homosexual.. you're loving someone.. that's what religion is all about and bringing peace to others..I thought religion was about tolerence as well?

Posted by fubar 3 years, 11 months ago
-1 | +6 / -7

People are just that....people. Live and let live. Faith, race or gender shouldnt determine the fate of a person. Leave that to God/Allah. He knows what He's doing.

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