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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 diverseFilmed 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: Michael Hardy
    75
    Director Parvez Sharma, a gay Muslim himself, takes pains to show the wide range of Islam's attitudes toward homosexuality.
  2. 75
    Even though the message that people should have the right to love whomever they want is hardy groundbreaking, Parvez captures some interesting conversations about what it means to be gay and Muslim.
  3. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    75
    Noble in intention but crude in execution.
  4. We never learn why most of his subjects remain loyal to a faith that so explicitly rejects them.
  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: Dennis Harvey
    50
    Predicament makes the picture kin to 2001's "Trembling Before G-d," about gay Orthodox Jews. Both docs share the same fascination and limitation.
  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
    10
    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 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