iEAR Presents! SINNER in MECCA with filmmaker and author Parvz Sharma

iEAR Presents! SINNER in MECCA with filmmaker and author Parvz Sharma

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Ave. Troy NY 12181

November 18, 2017 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Come watch an excerpt of “A Sinner in Mecca” with filmmaker and writer Parvez Sharma. Sharma’s documentaries and written works dissect the complicated intersection of faith and sexuality. Through his work as a director and writer, Sharma continually confronts the dissonance between his gay and Muslim identities, enabling dialogue for an otherwise taboo topic.

Sharma has also worked as an advocate and activist for the LGBT community and was featured as a keynote speaker to the United Nations at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy. His work as an author, activist, and director has given a voice to communities where, as Sharma puts it, “the silence was strongest.


Parvez Sharma grew up in a small town in northern India, just twenty minutes from the Islamic seminary that gave birth to the Taliban. For the past decade he has made fearless, multiple award winning films about faith, identity, religious extremism and social justice. Two of the best known are A Jihad for Love (the world's first film on Islam and homosexuality) and A Sinner in Mecca (a NY Times Critics' Pick). In the latter, shot mostly with an iPhone, guerrilla-style, he travels to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where he would face certain beheading if found out, to reveal a side of Islam that’s never been seen before. “We emerge from the film more enlightened,” writes The New York Times. He has been variously hailed as a “gifted filmmaker,” (The Wall Street Journal) “frankly brave,” (NPR) “provocative” (San Francisco Chronicle) and as carrying out “an attack on Islam” by Ayatollah Khamenei’s regime in Iran. From the UN to the DHS to Harvard to the EU Parliament to the Dar-ul-Uloom Sunni Muslim seminary in north-India, Parvez has spoken at more than 200 events worldwide about how to solve the "problem" with Islam. "A Jihad for Love", "A Sinner in Mecca" (film) and his first book, A Sinner in Mecca (A Gay Muslim's Hajj of Defiance) complete what is known as "The Islam Trilogy." He was named one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” in a list headed by the Dalai Lama. 

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