(c) 2007

A Jihad for Love

Fourteen centuries after the revelation of the holy Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad, Islam today is the world’s second largest and fastest growing religion. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma travels the many worlds of this dynamic faith, discovering the stories of its most unlikely storytellers: lesbian and gay Muslims.

Produced by Sandi DuBowski (Trembling Before G-d) and Sharma, A Jihad for Love was filmed in 12 countries and 9 languages and comes from the heart of Islam. Looking beyond a hostile and war-torn present, it reclaims the Islamic concept of a greater Jihad, whose true meaning is akin to ‘an inner struggle’ or ‘to strive in the path of God’ – allowing its remarkable subjects to move beyond the narrow concept of Jihad as holy war.

Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival 2007; Opening Night Film (Panorama Dokumente) at Berlinale 2008; Tokyo Int’l Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2008

  • Country UK, France, Germany, Australia, USA
  • Language English, Arabic, Farsi, Undu, Hindi, Turkish, French with English subtitles
  • Year 2007
  • Running Time 81 minutes
  • Director Parvez Sharma
  • Writer Parvez Sharma
  • Editor Juliet Weber
  • Cinematographer Parvez Sharma