Sandi Dubowski, who won the Teddy gay and lesbian award in 2001 for his controversial doc “Trembling Before G-d,” may cause an even bigger stir with “In the Name of Allah,” which explores the struggles of homosexual Muslims.
Gay Indian Muslim helmer Parvez Sharma is directing the pic, which looks at gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims across the Muslim and Western worlds.
“The world right now needs to understand Islam, and these are the most unlikely storytellers of Islam,” Dubowski said, who is producing ‘Allah.’
Doc will undoubtedly prove an even thornier film to export than “Trembling.”
Sharma and Dubowski plan to submit the pic to all major festivals in the Muslim world as well as in the West, but if it’s rejected, Dubowski said, “We’ll find ways of screening it in every Muslim nation, even if it’s underground.”
Dubowski already faced problems with the international release of “Trembling Before G-d.” Pic faced protests and bans in South Africa, Mexico and Baltimore.
But Dubowski has managed to open doors in the Hasidic and Orthodox communities in Israel, U.S. and U.K. and has toured the world over the past five years doing 800 live events with diverse religious and secular groups.