Controversial gay Muslim film has world premiere in Toronto

Parvez Sharma takes a selfie on his iPhone at the Kaaba during his Hajj pilgrimage. (© Haram Films, 2015)

For Indian-born, New York-based, openly gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma, it was a film he just had to make, despite the enormous risks.

“The Hajj is the highest calling for any Muslim,” he told CBC News. “For years I felt I really needed to go, so this film is about me coming out as a Muslim. I’m done coming out as a gay man.”

Sharma, whose first film, A Jihad for Love, premiered in 2008, made his new one by going undercover in Saudi Arabia…