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The Taqwacores (2010)

 -  Drama | Music  -  22 October 2010 (USA)
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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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Yusef
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Rabeya
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Jehangir Tabari
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Maytha Alhassen ...
[Voice of Female Muslim T.V. Personality (voice)
Jim Dickson ...
Gas Station Bully
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Amazing Ayyub
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Dee Dee Ali
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Muzzamil (as Tony Yalda)
Marwan Kamel ...
Himself (Cameo)
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Lynn
Nav Mann ...
Umar
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Fatima
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Hamza
Nicholas Riley ...
Harun
Ara Thorose ...
Lead Singer of The Gilmans
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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 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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$3,532 (USA) (22 October 2010)

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$11,175 (USA) (4 March 2011)
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Punk'em
25 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interesting concept. Must acknowledge that films like these are the reason why Sundance will always be special.

The camera work was refreshing and must commend the efforts of the cast. Every small detail was well handled, the punk burkha for example, I've never imagined those black-bland clothes would ever get a creative touch, something I would envy if I were a fashion designer.

Yusef, this was a character that found its alter-ego in Jehangir and struggles to acknowledge that Jehangir is who he always wanted to be. Yusef will always be that person who reminded you that wanting to have fun and being pious need not always be two different things.

I really enjoyed watching those tiny clips with a couch, a person and a TV.

We are a nation of people who believe in liberty but will it ever be possible for Jehangir to wear the crescent and star although he is in no way connected with his religion. I seriously doubt it, but yes, we give Jehagir this ability in our films.

Applaud the efforts.


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