In the present times of ours when #LoveJihad seems to be a new fad, and Indian queer movement seeing a tilt towards extreme right, Islamophobia at its peak even within the movement- we have decided to screen 'Jihad for Love' by Parvez Sharma at Paradigm Shift.
About the movie: 'A Jihad for Love' is an exploratory journey of individuals who are both Queer and Muslim. It is a quest for love, faith and identity traveling across twelve geographies in four continents. Its a narrative where Islam and Queer identity are not standing opposite, they are rather a part of each other.
'..'A Jihad for Love’ is a daring documentary-filmed in twelve countries and nine languages. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma has gone where the silence is strongest, filming with great risk in nations where government permission to make this film was not an option. A Jihad for Love is the first-ever feature-length documentary to explore the complex global intersections of Islam and homosexuality.
With unprecedented access and depth, Sharma brings to light the hidden lives of gay and lesbian Muslims from countries like Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Turkey, France, India, and South Africa. The majority of gay and lesbian Muslims must travel a lonely and often dangerous road. In many nations with a Muslim majority, laws based on Quranic interpretations are enforced by authorities to monitor, entrap, imprisonment, torture and even execute homosexuals.
Even for those who migrate to Europe or North America and adopt Western personae of “gay,” the relative freedoms of new homelands are mitigated by persistent racial profiling and intensified state surveillance after the terrorist attacks in New York, London, and Madrid. As a result, many gay and lesbian Muslims end up renouncing their religion. The real-life characters of A Jihad for Love are not willing to abandon a faith they cherish despite its flaws. Instead, they struggle to reconcile their ardent belief with the innate reality of their being.
The international chorus of gay and lesbian Muslims brought together by A Jihad for Love does not seek to vilify or reject Islam, but rather negotiate a new relationship to it. In doing so, the film’s extraordinary characters point the way for all Muslims to move beyond the hostile, war-torn present, toward a more hopeful future. As one can imagine, it was a difficult decision for the subjects to participate in the film due to the violence they could face.
However, those who have come forward to tell their stories feel this film is too important for 1.4 billion Muslims and non-Muslims around the world for them to say no. They are willing to take the risk in their quest to lay equal claim to their profoundly held faith...'
A Jihad for Love is produced by Halal Films, in association with the Sundance Documentary Fund, Channel 4 Television (UK), ZDF (Germany), Arte (France-Germany), Logo (US) and SBS (Australia).
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2007, and has been screened to great acclaim at several film festivals around the world. It was the Opening film for the prestigious Panorama Dokumente section of the Berlin Film Festival in February, 2008. The U.S. theatrical release was May 21, 2008 at the IFC Center in New York City. The film screened at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco on June 28, 2008, and the Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival on July 13, 2008.
Do join us and be a part of Jihad for Love or better say Love Jihad. Its open and free, vegan cookies and lemon tea shall be waiting for you.
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