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Allah Loves Equality

In recent years, Pakistan has been terribly hit by terrorism and this has affected life of ordinary people, especially the LGBTQI community. In every major city of Pakistan, there is a vast hidden community of gays, lesbians and dating sites, but because the lack of rules and regulations, everyone’s life is at stake.
My aim is to spread the message that Islam is a religion of peace, and this has to be conveyed to everyone: Muslim and Non-Muslim.

Wajahat Abbas Kazmi

 

THE PROJECT

This documentary aims to highlight the current situation of LGBTQI people living in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. By interviewing Muslim lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, we’ll help them raise their voice all over the world. The world will get to see their day-to-day life and how they are treated by the society. We’ll also explore Islam view on homosexuality and what are the LGBTQI rights, if any.

We’ll show the life of LGBTQI people in Pakistan. We’ll meet some homosexual couples and their parents, and we’ll interview locally famous journalists and human rights activists regarding legal rights of LGBTQI community, in Pakistan.

We’ll follow the life of transgenders: from those who are employed as sex workers to those who are fighting for HIV awareness in trans-community; we will also interview HIV patients and their doctors concerning the problems they are facing during treatment. Lastly, we’ll interview both intersex and transgenders who recently changed their sex through reassignment surgery.

 

An overview of the LGBTQI situation, in Pakistan

raccolta fondiUnfortunately, Pakistan is one of the few countries still ignoring the rights of LGBTQI community and ensuring that members of this community are punished for their “unnatural offences.”

Being a country where holding hands with a member of the opposite sex is frowned upon but hugging and cuddling with members of the same sex is a social norm, it could appear Pakistan’s LGBTQI community would face no problem, at all. However, this is not the case.

Society’s intolerance towards homosexuality is what deprive the LGBTQI community of all its rights, inflicting punishment like up to ten years in jail.

Society blames these individuals to “have chosen the wrong path” as a result of which they deserve to be punished. What they fail to understand is that sexuality is not a choice.

In Pakistan, in 2015 alone, several trans-women lost their lives because of transphobia, and countless gay men were raped. Lesbians are inflicted with corrective rape, and many are forced to marry a man against their will. Unless society starts accepting the LGBT community as a part of itself, senseless atrocities will continue to be committed against them.

 

WAJAHAT ABBAS KAZMI (DIRECTOR – PRODUCER)
Amnesty International’s Human Rights activist and independent film maker. He was born in Pakistan and raised in Italy. He completed his studies at Piero Sraffa College, Brescia. He wrote articles for newspapers and popular magazines, while fostering the passion of writing films addressing social issues, to raise public awareness. In 2009, he moved back to his motherland. In 2011, he debuted as writer/producer with THE DUSK, a feature film discussing missing people in Pakistan, which raised controversy due to its subject. He also produced the short films THE BLUE VEINS (2011), and MESSAGE FOR GOD (2012). In 2014, he produced FATWA – THE FINAL VERDICT highlighting the reasons of increasing religious terrorism all over the world and especially in Pakistan.

PIER CESARE NOTARO (CO- PRODUCER, HEAD OF PRODUCTION)
Born in Milan, he holds a PhD in political science. Since 2001, he is an activist for LGBTQI and migrant people. In 2011, he founded “Il Grande Colibrì”, a website about the situation of sexual minorities, especially in the southern part of the world. He launched the “Homosexual Muslims in Italy”, a project that fights sexual and religious discrimination. He was also one of three international facilitators at the last CALEM (Confederation of LGBT, Euro-African or Muslim Associations) conference, and works with activists in Italy and abroad, in particular for the Arab-Muslim world.

ZEESHAN KAZMI (WRITER)
Zeeshan Kazmi was born in 1985 and grew up in Lahore, Pakistan. His interest in literature and visual arts drove him to the cinematic world. In the last decade, he has been involved with various projects; his work is known for being sociopolitical.