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TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK IN ISLAM

(2009)
80 mins | Documentary | Music, Media & Arts |
Provincial Ratings
NewfoundlandNR
Nova Scotia14A
P.E.I.14A
New Brunswick14A
QuebecG
Ontario14A
Manitoba14A
SaskatchewanNR
Alberta14A
British ColumbiaNR
Northwest Territories14A
Nunavut14A
YukonNR

Director: Omar Majeed

Writer(s): n/a

Star(s): n/a

Synopsis:

The word Taqwacore is taken from a novel by Michael Muhammad Knight, The Taqwacores, combining “taqwa,” an Arabic word for God-consciousness, with “hardcore.” His book, about a group of young Islamic punk rockers, inspired the creation of an actual Muslim punk scene.

The first half of Majeed’s documentary deals with this burgeoning scene as a group of bands travel together touring the American countryside. Young, disaffected and secular, these musicians are caught between two worlds — the Islamic culture from which they come, and the Western culture in which they are coming of age.

In the second half, the setting moves to Pakistan, where the bands have travelled to perform. Author Knight is along for the ride to observe and comment on the reality his writing has created.

Taqwacore is undeniably exciting.”
— Al Kratine, The Montreal Gazette


    About the Director

    Omar Majeed

    Majeed is a Pakistani-Canadian director, editor and producer. He has received a Gemini award for his editing work in television. Taqwacore was his first feature-length documentary, and he recently co-directed the feature-doc The Frog Princes, which premiered at the 2012 Hot Docs festival.

    TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK IN ISLAM

    Lesson Plans Available for this title:
    • Media - 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Music - 9, 10, 11, 12

    Screening Language Options:
    • Other Language with English Subtitles

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