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A Jihad for Love - Parvez Sharma See more (6 total) »

Cast

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Muhsin Hendricks ... Himself
A.K. Hoosen ... Himself (as Mufti A.K. Hoosen)
Mazen ... Himself

Abdellah Taia ... Himself
Sana ... Herself
Maryam ... Herself
Maha ... Herself
Amir ... Himself
Arsham Parsi ... Himself
Payam ... Himself
Mojtaba ... Himself
Ferda ... Herself
Kiymet ... Herself
Qasim ... Himself
Syed Kalbe Jawad ... Himself
Ahsan ... Himself

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Parvez Sharma 
 
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Parvez Sharma 

Produced by
Sandi Simcha Dubowski .... producer (as Sandi DuBowski)
Andrew Herwitz .... executive producer
Michael Huffington .... executive producer
Dave Mace .... executive producer
Ioannis Mookas .... associate producer
Eileen Opatut .... executive producer
Linda Saetre .... executive producer
Amisha Veda .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Sussan Deyhim 
Richard Horowitz 
 
Cinematography by
Berke Bas 
David W. Leitner 
Parvez Sharma 
 
Film Editing by
Juliet Weber 
 
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Brice Bishop-Pullan .... post-production supervisor
Donald Klocek .... post-production supervisor
 
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Peter Friedman .... creative consultant
 
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Dan Fulton .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Kitzmeyer .... dialogue editor
Ira Spiegel .... supervising sound editor
John Werner .... sound editor
 
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Adnan Malik .... assistant camera
 
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Berke Bas .... additional editor
Brice Bishop-Pullan .... assistant editor
David Gauff .... online editor
Ahmed Hussein .... assistant editor
Donald Klocek .... additional editor
Joaquin Perez .... assistant editor
Stephen Vittoria .... editor: Theatrical Trailer
 
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Ramsay Adams .... music supervisor
Abe Velez .... music supervisor
 
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Josh Hetzler .... thanks
 

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Australia:M | Canada:14A | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | USA:Unrated
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The film used covered faces and silhouettes in order to protect the safety of sources whose lives would have been in danger had their identities been revealed.See more »
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Muhsin Hendricks:Allah says in the Qu'ran: "Do not despair of the mercy of God, because God, to you, is most merciful."
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7 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A Jihad for Love - Parvez Sharma, 16 August 2008
Author: transkei from United States

I met Parvez Sharma and some members of his cast and crew in 2001 at a local low-key fund-raiser hosted by neighbours in the Shaw neighbourhood of Washington, DC. He was a very mild-mannered man with deep sensitivity and insight.

At that juncture, the documentary - although completed in the raw - was still caught-up in the lengthy process of editing with a dire need of funding to ready it for a forthcoming film festival. Needless to say - the completed work - albeit not ready was shown in sections. It was quite obvious that the projected finished result was indeed going to be a very moving and telling testament to the "gay" lifestyle - especially within the Islamic Communities ... worldwide.

As I had met some of the featured personalities - I felt a certain connection with the sensitive nature of my homosexual friends and co-workers. My profession as a "straight" hairdresser places me in direct contact with the creative and sensitive - often highly emotional people - many sorely affected by the stigma attached to them. For many - an almost certain death penalty awaits them upon return to their respective countries.

Over the past decade or so - where we have seen many outspoken men and women emerge from their secret lives within fanatical Islam - their heads bowed down in shame ... until ... courageous people such as Parvez Sharma decided to stand up and be counted - by disclosing their often unexplained lifestyles and their continued love and adherence to their religion.

As I stated, having been a hairdresser (socio-political/community activist) most of my life - along with long periods of detention within Moçambique and South Africa - I have often been on hand to witness the subcultures within unexplained internment - where helplessness, lack of courage, strength and self-esteem might well have pushed them into this often viewed "deviant" lifestyle - regardless of religious affiliation or depth of religious conviction.

Where there was a large number of Muslims - there too did homosexuality become commonplace - often with Muslim men connecting only with Muslim men. So, did we see many of these men cleave to their religion - often making salah or fasting during Ramadhan - steering clear of pork, drugs and alcohol.

One could not help but wonder - yet admire them for retaining a very intrinsic part of their culture - for often, in such ignominious surroundings do we see lesser beings succumb ... fall prey to more self-destructive practices ... even death.

It would indeed be interesting to uncover which is worse in the eyes of the fundamentalists within the Muslim world; the despised homosexual who may lead a somewhat deviant lifestyles - tolerated ... albeit frowned upon - for regardless of their sexual proclivity - yet do they love and adhere to most of the tenements of their faith or alternatively - those "free-thinkers" who make their own assessment of certain situations - contrary to the vapid condemnation of the Jamaat-ul-Ulima who's role it is to enforce draconian misogynist doctrines of Sharia Law - fatwa's included? Here we have feminists, communists, socialists ... people of conscience ... murtad one and all ...

That said; which is more perverse - to love another of one's own gender - or to kill innocent people with impunity - all in the name of furthering one's sectarian faith - whether it be Islam or Christianity or Judaism or upholding one's traditional culture - at all cost? For those Muslims who freely condemn - advocate the issuing of fatwa's upon those who drift away from the heralded "chosen" path - I say open your myopic eyes and educate yourself by attending a screening of this very poignant documentary. Then, and only then will you be qualified to opine, reject or condemn if you so choose - the evidence in this very touching documentary.

To Parvez, what can I say but Shukran/Motehshakeram ... Mubarrak ...

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