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The Taqwacores (2010)

Not Rated | | 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 »

Director:

Eyad Zahra

Writers:

Michael Muhammad Knight (screenplay), Michael Muhammad Knight (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bobby Naderi ... Yusef
Noureen DeWulf ... Rabeya
Dominic Rains ... Jehangir Tabari
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maytha Alhassen ... [Voice of Female Muslim T.V. Personality (voice)
Jim Dickson Jim Dickson ... Gas Station Bully
Volkan Eryaman Volkan Eryaman ... Amazing Ayyub
Denise George ... Dee Dee Ali
Winter Jones ... Muzzamil (as Tony Yalda)
Marwan Kamel Marwan Kamel ... Self (Cameo)
Anne Leighton ... Lynn
Nav Mann Nav Mann ... Umar
Rasika Mathur ... Fatima
John Charles Meyer ... Hamza
Nicholas Riley Nicholas Riley ... Harun
Ara Thorose 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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Taglines:

Punk. Muslim. American.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Ignorance
Written by 'Omar Waqar', Chris Clover, 'Jason Bomani' and 'Miskut Wiggins'
Performed by 'Diacritical'
Courtesy of Eugo1st/Such Records
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« The Taqwacores » does not only go against the flow, but it gives some food for thought
4 January 2017 | by losindiscretoscineSee all my reviews

Even though Muslim punk exists since the beginning of the 80s, it was only in 2003 that this movement was known thanks to Michael Muhammad Knight's book. « The Taqwacores » is therefore based on this book and it was premiered seven years later. Even if the goal of the film is clear, that is showing the existence of this Muslim punk movement in the USA and the trouble in getting in, it hides some surprises and interrogations. Since the characters and the movie do not rebel without any reason, although the violence shown is sometimes too much, it is the consequence of an essential questioning of Islam. The power of the film lies in the director's decision of not taking the same path as other films dealing with religion. « The Taqwacores » does not only go against the flow, but it gives some food for thought: can we worship just a part of the Koran? That is, can we not just take all that is said for granted but also apply our critical sense in order to build our own faith? Can we reverse religious symbols and use them as we please? The film does not give any distinct answers and it does not mean to, but, thanks to some clever realistic dialogues and scenes, it suggests some ideas. And, at the end of the day, we do not ask for more but some ideas to encourage our thinking about a matter that should be better known. Full review on our blog Los Indiscretos : https://losindiscretos.org/2016/12/30/the-taqwacores-2010-eyad-zahra/


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Release Date:

22 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,532, 24 October 2010

Gross USA:

$11,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,839
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