A Jihad for Love
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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 twelve countries and nine 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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 33
- Fresh: 25
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A Jihad for Love is a dispatch from the outer limits of marginalization: a documentary on devout Muslims struggling with their homosexuality.
Fresh: The accounts are powerful, but so many of the interviewees' faces are blurred to preserve their anonymity that it feels like you're watching A Jihad for Love through a shower curtain.
Fresh: A Jihad for Love is a courageous documentary on the plight of gays in the Muslim world, and it reveals how the devout attempt to reconcile their sexual orientation and their faith.
Rotten: Covering more than half a dozen countries, Sharma stretches himself too thin, and as a result the documentary seems sketchy; he would have done well to present on-screen some of the background information in his production notes.
Life Changing, and Life Saving!!!
This is not just a film but a vehicle, a movement, in the varying of perceived realities. Like "Trembling before G_D", this film has the potential not to just changes lives, and hopefully save many as well, but to create a tear in the fabric of a way of life 1000's of years old. Not to destroy it, but to get to a core that has been veiled with mans agenda, which conflicts with that of the God he is so desperately seeking. This film reveals, pulls back the curtain, to expose the Heart of that God, and of Humankind. To praise this film as Great, Excellent, or even Profound, is an understatement!!! It is an Angel moving through the dark to bring change!!! If the previous reviewer had paid any attention at all he/ she would have seen clearly the intent to blur and hide faces, was to expose humanity, and save lives!!!
Good try.. But bad director
I was so disappointed while and after i finished watching the movie. It has no Aim, just telling stories of different people from around the Islamic world,the movie is so boring as most scenes is too close up and blury faces.. so hard to followup .