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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 Maytha Alhassen ... [Voice of Female Muslim T.V. Personality (voice)
Jim Dickson Jim Dickson ... Gas Station Bully
Volkan Eryaman ... Amazing Ayyub
Denise George ... Dee Dee Ali
Winter Jones ... Muzzamil (as Tony Yalda)
Marwan Kamel Marwan Kamel ... Himself (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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Storyline

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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islam | See All (1) »

Taglines:

Punk. Muslim. American.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,532, 24 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,175, 6 March 2011
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rumanni Filmworks See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Soundtracks

Ignorance
Written by 'Omar Waqar', Chris Clover, 'Jason Bomani' and 'Miskut Wiggins'
Performed by 'Diacritical'
Courtesy of Eugo1st/Such Records
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Punk'em
25 January 2010 | by stupidknightSee 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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