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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

Directed by
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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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:We cannot find answers within orthodox Islam thinking. We have to use one of the principles of Islam that has been lost over the years, Ijtihad, meaning "Independent reasoning," to find space for us within Islam.See more »

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34 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Trembling before Allah, 30 September 2007
Author: debblyst from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Director Parvez Sharma himself wrote the detailed plot outline here at IMDb about this documentary on gay and lesbian Muslims struggling to reconcile their religious faith and their homosexuality in the homophobic Islamic world. Most of the interviewees are outcast, exiled men and women leading secretive, guilt-ridden and sometimes even sexless lives away from their native countries, family and culture. Some have escaped prison or execution, but continue to be segregated in their exile, this time not because of their sexual orientation but for their Muslim faith or ethnic background.

In one of the film's most shocking scenes (for a non-religious person like myself), an outcast South African gay Muslim scholar politely confronts an imam, stating that the Qur'an lines that rule homosexuality as an aberration (similar to what the Old Testament says) is a problem of translation and interpretation, since the original Qur'an verse condemned male rape, not gay sex. The imam bluntly responds that the issue is not open to ANY interpretation; what CAN be open to interpretation, says the imam, is the punishment to be applied to homosexuals: stoning, whipping, imprisonment, death, etc.

The people in this film are dreaming very simple dreams: to be able to live in their native countries, near their families, to cherish their cultural background (of which religion is a big, big part), and to be granted the basic universal right to have a sexual and love life without fear of being humiliated, imprisoned or assassinated. "A Jihad for Love" tries to clarify the notion that it's not the fundamentals of Islam that reject and condemn gays, but the men who control the interpretation of sacred texts: the religious bosses who, in those countries, are also the political bosses.

A kin film to Sandi Dobowski's "Trembling Before G-d" (which covered similar ground within orthodox Jewish communities), "Jihad" is of course urgent and important. Yet it lacks cinematic lure, not only technically (it's visually very poor), but also because it's more of a journalist's piece than an elaboration on the theme. "Jihad" can't help being a little repetitive -- most of the interviewees' stories are very much alike, most of them can't show their faces -- and incomplete -- most of them seem reluctant or frightened to tell their full stories and even their real names for fear of retaliation.

As most non-orthodox gay Catholics, Protestants and Jews have learned in the last 100 years -- through generations of courageous men, women and organizations, and with many casualties along the way -- it's only possible to be religious AND gay in a lay state, where law and religion are independent, where religious faith is an individual right and not a public dogma. There will always be prejudice against gays in every society (gays will always be minorities), so it's the changes in the legal system - - the right of gays to freely express and exert their sexuality and the possibility of legal punishment for sexist behavior -- that will gradually force non-gays to accept the fact that gays are their equals.

Though the film tries to instill the hope that Islam will eventually soften its heart and tolerate gays, reality shows us, sadly, very much the opposite: that intolerance against any type of minority (sexual, racial, religious) grows rougher and stronger every day in all cultures where orthodox monotheist religions thrive. And that the only possible choices left for Muslim gays and lesbians, right now, are -- tragically, inconceivably -- either the closet, exile or self-denial, with punishments varying from humiliation, self-repression, sexless lives, emotional and psychological ravaging to physical torture, imprisonment, death. Foucault knew what he was talking about.

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