Parvez Sharma

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icon-jorgensen-lectureJorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series

Parvez Sharma

  1. Thursday, January 31, 2013 3:00 p.m.
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Parvez Sharma is an award-winning, New York-based writer and filmmaker. His first feature, A Jihad for Love, is an international phenomenon with more than 8 million viewers in 49 countries within the first year of its release. Looking at the difficult themes of Islam and homosexuality in a post-September 11 world, the film has won numerous awards and and generated an international media blitz. Utne Reader named Sharma as one of its "50 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World" in a list led by the Dalai Lama.


Hailed as a "gifted filmmaker" by the Wall Street Journal, "frankly brave" by NPR, "provocative" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and "an apostate" by South Africa's Muslim Judicial Council, Sharma is a leading commentator on Islamic, racial and political issues. He has been a featured speaker at more than 40 college campuses, including Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, Columbia, NYU, Harvard and Northwestern. His writings appear frequently on The Huffington Post, Daily Beast, The Guardian and CNN-IBN.

In early 2011 Sharma blogged about the revolution in Eqypt, providing a local perspective on international events. His commentary and interviews with friends on the streets of Cairo provided an intimate, detailed view of history, as the events unfolded.

Events are sponsored by the Islamic Studies Program, Madhusudan and Kiran C. Dhar India Studies Program, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services (GLBTSSS), The Kinsey Institute, and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Wafa Amayreh.

Click here for information on the screening of A Jihad for Love.