Gay Muslims Fight Uphill Battle at Home

A film by director Parvez Sharma, called A Jihad for Love opened at the IFC Center in New York. The film – a documentary – includes interview subjects as he explores the countless repressed homosexuals in Arab countries, many of whom are considered monsters, and believed to be put to death even by family, friends, and neighbors. Over the course of three years, Sharma amassed approximately 400 hours of footage and interviews. The film mostly presents women and men who are both passionate about their faith, but cannot ignore the fact that their source of love and comfort, of lust and consolation is someone of the same sex. Sharma believes that a minority of extremists, dictating how the Quran is interpreted, and established punishments has hijacked Islam over issues of sexuality.