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Recent Releases

Hartley Film Foundation is pleased to support the following acclaimed films.

A Jihad for Love

A film by Parvez Sharma produced by Sandi DuBowski

A Jihad for Love brings to light the hidden lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Muslims, and goes where the silence has been loudest, to countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Egypt.

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The New Black

The New Black

A film by Yoruba Richen

The New Black delves into the complicated interwoven histories of the African American church and the LGBT civil rights movement.   

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New Muslim Cool

A film by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor

Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Perez ended his life as a drug dealer and moved to Pittsburgh's tough North Side to start a new religious Islamic community, rebuild his shattered family, and take his message of faith to other young people.

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The Return

A film by Adam Zucker

The Return follows four Polish women in their 20’s who discovered they were Jewish in their teens, and are now dynamic leaders in their nascent Jewish enclaves.

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The Settlers

A film by Shimon Dotan

The Settlers explores the origins of the Israeli settlements, the changes they have imposed on Israeli and Palestinian societies, and their impact on Middle Eastern and world affairs.

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A Sinner in Mecca

A film by Parvez Sharma

For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presented two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. Director of A Sinner in Mecca Parvez Sharma took those risks as he embarked on his Hajj pilgrimage.

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A Son's Sacrifice

A film by Yoni Brook, Musa Syeed and Marco Williams

Imran, a young American Muslim, struggles to take over his father's neighborhood slaughterhouse and gain acceptance from his father's conservative community.

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