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Among the Believers (2015)

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An unsettling and eye opening exploration into the spread of the radical Islamic school Red Mosque in Pakistan, which trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age.
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Abdul Aziz Abdul Aziz ... Self - Imam
Pervez Hoodbhoy ... Self


Controversial Pakistani cleric Maulana Aziz, linked to the Taliban, declares jihad against the government to impose sharia law. The government retaliates by destroying his seminary, killing his mother, brother, his only son and 150 students. The film follows charming yet menacing Maulana Aziz on his personal quest to create an Islamic utopia, which causes the country to implode. The Red Mosque has students allied with ISIL, and strong ties to the Taliban. We meet two Red Mosque students whose paths diverge: Talha, 12, leaves his moderate Muslim family to study to be a jihadi preacher. Zarina, also 12, escapes her madrassa and joins a normal school. Her education is threatened by frequent Taliban attacks on schools like her own. In December, 2014, the Taliban massacred 132 schoolchildren in Peshawar, outraging Pakistan's moderate majority. Aziz's longtime opponent, education reformer Pervez Hoodbhoy joins the re-energized anti-extremist movement. Throughout the film, he passionately ...

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Democracy has failed. Dictators have failed. Now there is a vacuum. Someone has to fill it.


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Produced by Rohail Hyatt
Written by Noori and Saieen Zahoor
Performed by Noori and Saieen Zahoor
Courtesy of Coke Studio Pakistan
Under license from Frequency Media
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I Thought Islam was a Peaceful Religion...
25 November 2018 | by marcus-jonesSee all my reviews

This is a film which shows one side of the Islam faith to be the one we hear about every day. Is it a peaceful religion? Not if you watch this and follow their version of Islam. We are all sucked into the extreme Islam and believe they are all evil but would we be happy to sit a 90 min film about the peaceful version and hear about the peaceful side? Nope, this is why most westerners are convinced all muslin are evil and want to kill us.

I'm English and I hear and read about our country killing targets with drones, America do it and Israel are at it as well as Russia. It just makes common sense to explain to my children just accept All religions have at least a nice side and a evil side , good and bad.

I gave up on religion so you. An say, I sit on the fence.... which I do with this film. It is put together to do one thing, make evil look more evil. But they are correct these people are psychology weird and obviously deluded. Maybe they are doing us all a favour and living in a country that is happy to protect terrorists at the same time pretending to be a friend of ours. Keep them in Pakistan where they can keep living in their deluded world and keep thinking they are important.

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11 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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Islamabad, Pakistan


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$1,900, 2 October 2016

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