Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"A Jihad for Love" Premiers in L.A

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"A Jihad for Love" Premiers in L.A

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ALL 596 SEATS of the Director's Guild of America's largest screening room were filled July 17, when "A Jihad for Love" made its Los Angeles premiere as the documentary centerpiece of Outfest, a gay and lesbian film festival.

The documentary was secretly filmed in 12 Muslim countries by Parvez Sharma, a former journalist in India. More than six years in the making, Sharma said, the documentary took shape as a testimony of Muslim gays and lesbians who love their religion and struggle for acceptance in a system that forbids their sexual orientation.

It is shocking to hear the stories of these young, devout Muslims who have been beaten and jailed for their homosexuality and have no choice but to flee to the West.

The viewer observes several Iranian men living in Paris as they await news from the Canadian Embassy there regarding their applications for asylum. One phones his mother in Iran telling her he is to go to Canada. As he puts down the receiver, he sobs over missing his family and Iran and voices fear of having to live in a foreign country. …

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