First there was Trembling Before G-d (Dubowski, 2001), then there was For the Bible Tells Me So (Karslake, 2007), and now comes A Jihad for Love (Sharma, 2008). These are documentary films about religious gay and lesbian people, focusing on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, respectively. I loved Trembling Before G-d, but was disappointed by For the Bible Tells Me So‘s lack of rigorous engagement with the difficult Biblical texts (despite the film’s title and the claims of its promotional materials.) But since Jihad was produced by the same people as Trembling, I have high hopes.
It’s playing in San Francisco and Berkeley this week, though I haven’t seen it, and to be honest, I’ll probably wait for DVD. It’s not getting great reviews, but for students of the problem of religion and homosexuality, it is surely worth a look. You can check out the official site here. And the trailer is below: