So here I am in La La land having some really amazing conversations. We are trying to get more of those Iranians (also known as Eye-rain-ians on Fox Noise) and I will update you all soon!
But meanwhile a choice email has arrived from Fadia Darwish:

I just wanted to say that this whole thing about being gay, or lesbian and calling youself a muslim is a disgrace.I am so sick of this. YOu cannot be this way and call yourself a muslim. Its against the religion. you are not a muslim just because you say you are. In order to be a muslim you have to follow the religion. In the religion homosexuality is HARAM. ALSO this gay Imam, he is a JOKE like the resty of you. I how can he preach about Islam and he doesnt even follow it.

Not sure if she saw the film? But she did chose to include her email address and in this case I have no qualms in making it public, for anyone interested in her comments to reply. Fadia can be found at famuha21@yahoo.com

Also there is this email from Arash in Iraqi Kurdistan:
Hi Mr. Parvez
I thank you for creating a movie on homosexuality.
My name is Arash, I am 24 from Iraqi Kurdistan. I cannot wait until I can see your film. People across the muslim world and middle east has been very ignorant of this issue.
I want to talk to you about my personal problem, as muslim, i could have written down on your site but i prefer a reply and to get to know you.
thank you

This one from Melbourne:
Hello Parvez
I just saw your film tonight at the Melbourne Film Festival in Australia - very large audience. Congratulations - it was both a moving and entertaining film.
Normally I don't send emails to directors but I read on your blog that you have been getting hate mail so I wanted to do my bit in sending you a positive email!
Bree McKilligan

There is a great write up on EDGE NY
New Film Examines Being Gay + Muslim

1 comment:

AsukaRen said...

I think it' s great to hear your film is getting some positive feedback. I guess it's not surprising you'd receive some hate mail. But I wouldn't worry about that, I think it's good to have a film that deals with being a Muslim and gay. The ones who criticize the film and send you hate mail probably don't have the slightest clue to what's it is like to be gay and Muslim, it's easier for them to say it's wrong, because they don't understand what it's like.

I'm rambling here, but keep up the good work.

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