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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A Jihad for Love

Indian filmmaker Parvez Sharma has made a documentary about Islam and homosexuality called A Jihad for Love, which is showing this month at the Toronto International Film Festival. According to Reuters:

"A Jihad For Love," which was six years in the making, follows gay and lesbian Muslims battling racial profiling and harassment after the September 11 attacks and subsequent attacks in London and Madrid.

Indian filmmaker Parvez Sharma filmed gay Muslims in 12 countries and nine languages, including India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France, and always shot footage in secret to escape the attention of local authorities.

Yup, that's the problem - gay Muslims in France have to fear racial profiling & harassment because of September 11. I hope this film concentrates on the real problem: the appalling treatment of Muslim homosexuals by other Muslims who use the Koran as justification. Like the persecution & execution of homosexuals in Iran or Afghanistan , for instance?


Anonymous said...

Oh, so it's about us bad Westerners according to the Reuters review?

Perhaps Reuters staff should encourage gay Muslims to flee to safety in Iran?

Anonymous said...

Actually, the film, which I saw in Toronto--it's excellent--addresses entirely the "real problem": mistreatment of Muslims by Muslims and oppressive governments.

The reference to 9/11 in the article is inaccurate. There's no reference at all to 9/11 in the film. I suspect the writer of the article came to that pat conclusion without actually seeing the film.