Parvez Sharma (Director/Producer) is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. He directed and produced the award winning A Jihad for Love, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival and opened the prestigious Panorama Dokumente section of the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival. The film went on to screen for over eight million people in 51 nations and was theatrically distributed in the US and Canada. He was named one of “50 Visionaries who are Changing your World,” in a list headed by the Dalai Lama. His writings on Islamic, racial and political issues have frequently appeared on The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast and The Guardian, to name a few. He has become a prominent speaker on Muslim issues speaking at hundreds of live events around the world and conducting workshops with the US State Department and Department of Homeland Security. His new film "A Sinner in Mecca" (asinnerinmecca.com) is filmed clandestinely in Saudi Arabia and documents his Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca as an openly gay Muslim man.