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The Taqwacores (2010)

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Yusef, a first-generation Pakistani engineering student, moves off-campus with a group of Muslim punks in Buffalo, New York. His new "un-orthodox" house mates soon introduce him to ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Jehangir Tabari
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maytha Alhassen ...
[Voice of Female Muslim T.V. Personality (voice)
Jim Dickson ...
Gas Station Bully
Amazing Ayyub
Dee Dee Ali
Muzzamil (as Tony Yalda)
Marwan Kamel ...
Himself (Cameo)
Nav Mann ...
Nicholas Riley ...
Ara Thorose ...
Lead Singer of The Gilmans


Yusef, a first-generation Pakistani engineering student, moves off-campus with a group of Muslim punks in Buffalo, New York. His new "un-orthodox" house mates soon introduce him to Taqwacore- a hardcore, Muslim punk rock scene that only exists out west. 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 parties at night. Ultimately, Yusef is influenced by Taqwacore too, as he begins to challenge his own faith and ideologies. The Taqwacores deals with the complexities of being young and Muslim in modern-day America. Written by Eyad Zahra

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Punk. Muslim. American.


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Release Date:

22 October 2010 (USA)  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,532 (USA) (22 October 2010)


$11,175 (USA) (4 March 2011)

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Written by 'Omar Waqar', Chris Clover, 'Jason Bomani' and 'Miskut Wiggins'
Performed by 'Diacritical'
Courtesy of Eugo1st/Such Records
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Anarchy and Islam
17 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you liked "Border Radio" or "Clerks" you might like this one. The theme of religion plays a conspicuous role here, though. The characters are young and searching for their own definitions of Islam. It's interesting to see the DIY approach the characters take. It's a sweet story about alienated friends trying to define themselves.

The editing and periodic black and white with talk radio blaring bigoted messages provides breaks in the story and relates the lives of the characters to the world. The overall feel of the movie is like those independent films of the late eighties and early nineties.

I think that the movie would have been better with more music, but the film does succeed in conveying the seriousness of the Muslim identity in modern America.

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