Tuesday

a jihad for love by parvez sharma

i just went to see a jihad for love, a film six years in the making by parvez sharma (film maker's blog). filmed in 12 countries and nine languages, this is the first film about homosexuality in islam - spoken from a devout muslim perspective - fantastic, moving, beautifully shot (though he never used a tripod, filmed in secret with a handheld camera, even spliced footage with tourist style clips to fool customs.)

the transcendent experience across these countries was relayed through the stories of different but similar characters of diverse cultural backgrounds; each man or woman just wants to love Allah and themselves and someone of the same sex but it is a personal struggle, a jihad, and a community's struggle - gay and lesbian muslims in non-secular muslim states wish to be accepted within the islamic community that continues suppress/demonize and criminalize/punish them - an islamic community under attack from the western world - a western world they must flee to as refugees to escape persecution, prison and/or death.

3 comments:

one soulful negro. said...

I HAVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!
wow!

Jamilah Malika said...

nice!! i'm so glad you saw this, i just posted it JUST NOW - seriously i just got home - it was brilliant, get online and find out where it's playing close to you... tell me what you think.

kameelah said...

thank you
thank you

for posting this