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A Jihad For Love – In Chicago

July 22, 2008

It’s playing in Chicago folks – this weekend.  Please take the time to spread the word – you can cut and paste the information below into emails.

A Jihad For Love Launches Chicago Theatrical Release at at Gene Siskel Theater on July 25th –  Showtimes and purchase tickets here.

Special Events with Director/Producer Parvez Sharma and Producer Sandi DuBowski.

Gene Siskel Film Center

164 North State Street

Chicago Il 60601

TEL 312-846-2600

General admission tickets are available through Ticketmaster at 312-575-8000 or by visiting 

Fri. and Mon.-Thu. at 6:15 pm and 8:00 pm;

Sat. at 3:00 pm, 4:45 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8:15 pm;

Sun. at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm

** Director Parvez Sharma will appear for audience discussion on Friday at 8:00 pm, on Saturday at 8:15 pm, and on Sunday at 5:00 pm and Monday at 8 PM. Producer Sandi DuBowski will appear at 5:00 pm Sunday and at 8:00 pm Monday. 



“COURAGEOUS!” – The Guardian 


Fourteen centuries after the revelation of the holy Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad, Islam today is the world’s second largest and fastest growing religion. Muslim gay filmmaker Parvez Sharma travels the many worlds of this dynamic faith, discovering the stories of its most unlikely storytellers: lesbian and gay Muslims. 

Produced by Sharma and Sandi DuBowski (director of the award-winning Trembling Before G-d), A Jihad for Love was filmed over 5 years in 12 countries and 9 languages and comes from the heart of Islam. Looking beyond a hostile and war-torn present, it reclaims the Islamic concept of a greater Jihad, whose true meaning is akin to ‘an inner struggle’ or ‘to strive in the path of God.’ In doing so the film and its remarkable subjects move beyond the narrow concept of ‘Jihad’ as holy war.

After Premieres in 17 countries, being banned in Singapore, selling out everywhere including India and Turkey and five international awards, the film comes to Chicago. 

We need people to show up during our Chicago theatrical run in very large numbers. If you come the first weekend, you can significantly impact the film’s theatrical life.

… Looking forward to seeing you there

Get Involved! Here are some ways you can support this film: 

Right Now: 

* Forward this as an email to 5 or more friends, colleagues, and family

* Purchase tickets online for The Gene Siskel Film Center

* Post a link to and on your blog 

Hit the streets: 

* Download the flyer and hang it in your local cafe, store, gym, restaurant, house of worship or studio

* Join our Chicago Street Team to distribute postcards, flyers across the city

* Connect us with journalists

* Put an announcement in your newsletters

* Post information about the film to websites, your newsletters, blogs, etc. 

Support The Cause:

* Donate to our International Muslim Dialogue Project at

Watch A Jihad for Love trailer at

Listen to Parvez Sharma on NPR’s The Takeaway at 

Listen to Parvez Sharma on CNN International. Visit 



Parvez Sharma

Director/Producer, A Jihad for Love


Sandi DuBowski

Producer, A Jihad for Love

Director/Producer, Trembling Before G-d

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