Act of Faith

2002 | Coming Out / Documentary / Parenting/Family / Religion/Spirituality / Sexuality / Social Issues / Spirituality | 6m | USA
Directors: Dan Bree

In the history of Islam, love between men is a centuries-old phenomenon. Yet Koranic tradition forbids choosing a mate of the same sex. Kyriell, an Imam's son, struggled with reconciling his love for men with his love for Islam and eventually came back to the faith. Pakistani-born Arslan saw no compromise in Islam and discarded his religion, while Iftekar, a Muslim community leader, believes that Islam needs to be brought into the twenty-first century. Through the words of these men, the struggle of gay Muslims is revealed.

Reviews and Awards

Official Selection, AFI / Discovery Channel / SilverDocs Film Festival

“NAMAC (the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture) screened Act of Faith at the Social Enterprise Alliance Conference as part of a panel discussion entitled Independent Media, Social Change, and Your Future. The film sparked a lively conversation about religion and sexuality. Many participants in the packed room commented on how this film can be used as an effective educational tool in classrooms, faith-based communities, and community centers to explore difficult issues with dignity and respect to all parties.”—Jack Walsh, Co-Director, NAMAC