Parvez Sharma is now a 2018 Guggenheim fellow
!! Please do visit our one-stop (designed from scratch) website at parvezsharma.com
! And yes, A Sinner in Mecca, the NYT' Critics Pick Film and later (very dissimilar book) book with the same title, and the film A Jihad for Love are still changing minds globally!! Our Islam Trilogy is all about truth-telling in the age of Donald Trump! And is stored for posterity in the prestigious UCLA Film and Television Archive.
The daring new film
from the director of A Jihad for Love
For a gay filmmaker, filming in Saudi Arabia presents two serious challenges: filming is forbidden in the country and homosexuality is punishable by death. For filmmaker Parvez Sharma, however, these were risks he had to assume as he embarked on his Hajj pilgrimage, a journey considered the greatest accomplishment and aspiration within Islam, his religion. He brings back the story of the religion like it has never been told before, having endured the biggest Jihad there is: the struggle with the self.
“Mr. Sharma has created a swirling, fascinating travelogue and a stirring celebration of devotion….we emerge from his film more enlightened” - The New York Times
A Sinner in Mecca, the book is here!
Truth-telling and going way beyond the [NY Times Critics' Pick] film!
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"Written with a deep knowledge of Islamic history with courage and fierce emotion"
"(Helps us) gain perspective on extremists and religion, but also acts as a glass to view the world here in the United States, the challenges felt by the Muslim community, and the oppressive weight of the Trump administration"
This book takes us from Beirut to Cairo to Mecca to Karachi, Kuala Lumpur and more--from Stephen Bannon to ISIS, from Obama to Osama. No one is talking about Islam from this perspective. Almost two decades of work in the trenches and boy, what a journey!
# 1 NY Times bestselling author and CNN host Reza Aslan says" "Parvez's heroism is rare and his courage, well-documented. Putting his own life at risk, he takes us on a surprising and compelling journey through the frontlines of his much contested faith. A brilliant follow up to his films, "A Jihad for Love" and "A Sinner in Mecca".
Foreword Reviews says: "Intimate and careful...shocking in its clarity and candor"
Publishers Weekly says, "Fascinating"
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