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.
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.
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.