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Muslim Filmmaker to Speak at Eastern

Written by Jack Meltzer

ParvezSharma.JPG            Willimantic, CT-  Parvez Sharma, award-winning filmmaker and writer, will speak at Eastern Connecticut State University on Dec. 2 as a part of Eastern's University Hour series.  The lecture begins at 3 p.m. in the Student Center Theatre.  The public is invited.  Admission is free. 

            Sharma's first feature, "A Jihad for Love," gained international popularity with more than 700,000 viewers in 25 nations. The documentary deals with gay, lesbian and transgender Muslims across the Muslim and Western worlds. It also seeks to challenge stereotypes around Islam, a religion with a following of one billion people.

            A Jihad for Love has premiered at many major international festival venues, including the Toronto festival in 2007 and the Berlin festival in 2008. The winner of five international awards, the film is being broadcast around the world.

            Sharma, who lives in New York, was born in India and studied English Literature at Presidency College of the University of Calcutta. He received three master's degrees: in mass communication from Jamia Millia Islamia University; in broadcast journalism from the University of Wales, Cardiff; and in film and video from American University's School of Communication.


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