Chris Nashawaty
May 23, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Jihad for Love

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
81 minutes
Limited Release Date
05/21/08
director
Parvez Sharma
author
Parvez Sharma
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B

Noble in intention but crude in execution, Parvez Sharma’s documentary about gay Muslim men and women chronicles a handful of outcasts and their personal ”jihads” (in Arabic, the word means ”struggle,” not ”holy war”). The accounts are powerful, but so many of the inter¬viewees’ faces are blurred to preserve their anonymity that it feels like you’re watching A Jihad for Love through a shower curtain. Still, it’s hard not to feel gutted when the daughter of a gay South African man tells him he should be stoned and thrown off a mountain, as the Koran instructs. B

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