So I just had an amazing Q and A with a packed audience. Some pretty thoughtful thoughts including an interesting question about what the future of Islam might be....I guess all of the claustrophobic academia in this town and its ivy leaguey-ness produces ideas and intellectual curiosity....Regardless spent an amazing evening talking to an Indian architect working with MIT on a new design project for Jerusalem, another MIT professor working in visual design and a super engaging Shia Pakistani woman who is a professor of English, trying NOT to talk about the film (some success there)...we had just seen BRICK LANE-which I found remarkably engaging and thoughtful with many themes that are close to my heart and my experience of life (up until now atleast)-recommends it strongly, and just wished that the the gorgeous Bangali actress did not voice her letters to her sister in the film (an interstitial theme in the film) in accented English-when we write home sometimes we write in our own languages-my most heartfelt curses are always in Urdu or Hindi and sometimes even Punjabi or Bengali...
Here is an email from someone who just saw and liked the film-
"I just saw the screening of your film in Coolidge Corner, and I wanted to tell you that I think it's wonderful! I came with a friend of mine; we both saw "Trembling Before G-d" when it screened at Tufts University, and so we were very interested to see what "A Jihad for Love" would be like. It's so thought-provoking for me, because I am not secure in either my religious faith nor in my sexuality, so I can't quite grasp what it would be like to fiercely hold onto both...especially when they are so at odds with one another.
I am curious...did you ever get angry during the filming process? At one point, I think it was when the gay Imam was talking to the Quran scholar, the scholar said something to the effect of, people can't just interpret the Quran to suit their own personal beliefs...and I wanted to yell, "But isn't that what YOU'RE doing??" I am wondering if you experienced similar frustrations/anger, and if so, how you managed to handle that and still hold fast to your faith?
Thank you for making this film and being so generous with your time during the Q&A afterwards!
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