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  • Summary: Filmed in twelve countries and nine languages, A Jihad for Love is the world's first feature documentary to explore the complex global intersections between Islam and homosexuality. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma enters the many worlds of Islam by illuminating multiple stories as diverse as Islam itself. Filming in secret and as a Muslim, Parvez makes the film from within the faith, depicting Islam with the same respect that the film's characters show for it. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    Noble in intention but crude in execution.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Hardy
    Director Parvez Sharma, a gay Muslim himself, takes pains to show the wide range of Islam's attitudes toward homosexuality.
  3. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Often fascinating and provocative, although, as a film, it feels a bit long and somewhat repetitive.
  4. 60
    Mr. Sharma's film emphasizes testimony over context to such a degree that it feels at first of little use to anyone except gay Muslims who might take comfort in knowing they're not alone. But the documentary gains depth of feeling as it goes and even develops something of a nail-biting narrative.
  5. Much of what is shown onscreen is atmospheric filler, while the various characters describe being made outcasts because of their sexuality while holding on to their commitment to their faith.
  6. Reviewed by: Kamal AL-Solaylee
    Conclusions and answers are perhaps luxuries that Sharma's film can't afford.
  7. Technically, Jihad's images and assemblage seem on par for a first-time filmmaker, though the film's message is a moving plaint.

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  1. meganw
    Apr 24, 2009
    This movie is sooo amazing! i love the fact that it brings me into a world i know nothing of. and you wouldn't expect the responses that are given from this movie about homosexuality and islam and its people. ah-mazing! Expand