Director Parvez Sharma’s sometimes chilling documentary A Jihad for Love explores the lives of queer Muslims across 12 countries and in nine languages. “A sexual revolution of immense proportions was part of the very birth of Islam,” says Sharma. “There was the promise of gender equality… and there was stress on the sexual act just for pleasure beyond reproduction.”
The film is set for DVD release on March 24. For more about A Jihad for Love visit Ajihadforlove.com.
VIDEO: Matt Thomas caught up with Sharma at the 2007 Toronto International Film Fest, as part of the OUT at TIFF series.