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Muslim Filmmaker at Moravian for Coming Out Day

Discussion with Parvez Sharma to follow film, “A Jihad for Love”

Bethlehem, Pa., October2, 2009—Filmmaker and diversity speaker Parvez Sharma will present his film “A Jihad For Love” on Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 p.m., in Moravian’s Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. Admission is free of charge and the public is welcome. A dialogue with the filmmaker will take place after the documentary.

Parvez Sharma is a New York- based writer and filmmaker.  His first feature, which he directed and produced, A Jihad for Love is an international phenomenon. Filmed in twelve different countries and in nine languages, A Jihad for Love is the first-ever feature-length documentary to explore the complex global intersections of Islam and homosexuality. With unprecedented access and depth, the film brings to light the hidden lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Muslims.

The film has been premiered at most major international festival venues including a world premier at Toronto in 2007 and a European premiere (as the opening film of Panorama Documentary) in Berlin, 2008. The winner of five international awards, the film has been theatrically released across the US and in Canada and is being broadcast around the world. This documentary deals with the difficult themes of Islam and homosexuality in a post-September 11 world and also seeks to challenge many stereotypes around Islam, in a time when much of the religion and its one billion followers are misunderstood.

National Coming Out Day is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. It is observed on October 11 every year by members of the LGBT  communities and their supporters.

The lecture is sponsored by SPECTRUM and the Office of Institutional Diversity at Moravian College as part of  The Haupert Union Building is located on Moravian’s Main Street Campus near the corner of Monocacy and Locust streets. For more information, call 619 8661-1365.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.