A Jihad For Love vying for attention

Toronto, Sep 12 | Updated: Sep 13 2007, 06:19am hrs
A documentary about Islam and homosexuality is vying for attention at the Toronto International Film Festival, where high-profile movies set in the Middle East are already making a splash.

A Jihad For Love, which took six years in the making, follows gay and lesbian Muslims battling racial profiling and harassment after the September 11 attacks and other attacks in London and Madrid.

Indian filmmaker Parvez Sharma filmed gay Muslims in 12 countries and nine languages, including India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and France. We are presenting Islams most unlikely storytellers, Sharma said of his debut feature, which does not yet have North American distribution.

Sharma faces stiff competition in Toronto for attention, with a variety of titles, including Paul Haggis

In The Valley of Elah, Brian DePalmas Redacted all focusing on events in the Middle East. But the New York-based filmmaker insists his documentary puts a focus on Islam distinct from the dominant perspectives of the West.