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Taqwacores, The
Taqwacores, The

Feature Film

Eyad Zahra


83 minutes

Produced by:
David Perse

Written by:
Eyad Zahra, Michael Muhammad Knight

Edited by:
Joshua Rosenfield

    Official Selection Sundance Film Fest
Official Selection London Film Fest
Official Selection Stockholm INTL Film Fest
Official Selection SXSW Film Fest

"Funny, smart and sexy!" LA Weekly
"1 of the 10 Best Films from Sundance 2010." Time Out London
"The film is sure to appeal to fans of "Trainspotting," "Fight Club," anything by Gus Van Sant, and of course Taqwacore." LA Times

Yusef is a first-generation Pakistani-American engineering student who moves off-campus with a group of Muslim punk rockers in Buffalo, New York. His new "un-orthodox" housemates soon introduce him to Taqwacore - a hardcore, Muslim punk rock scene. As the seasons change, Taqwacore influences the house more and more.

The living room becomes a mosque during the day, while it continues to host punk shows at night. Ultimately, Yusef begins to challenge his own faith and ideologies. A powerful and original story of punk Islam in the USA and the discovery of oneself within the confines of religion. Stars Bobby Naderi, Noureen DeWulf, Dominic Rains, Nav Mann, Volkan Eryman, Ian Tran, et al.

Director Eyad Zahra teams with writer Michael Muhammad Knight for this drama about a Pakistani-American engineering student who falls in with a tightly knit group of Muslim punk-rockers. Attending school in Buffalo, NY, college student Yusef moves into a house occupied by Muslim punks, who introduce him to Taqwacore an emerging scene that's gradually gaining momentum across the country.

The more Yusef learns about Taqwacore, the more he begins to question his own faith. This film is inspired by Knight's novel of the same name, which was originally distributed via free Xerox copies in true punk fashion.

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