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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 »

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Eyad Zahra

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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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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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Drama | Music

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Not Rated
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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,532, 24 October 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,175, 6 March 2011
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Rumanni Filmworks See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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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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I liked how the film *didn't* try to be politically correct
16 March 2013 | by sildarmillionSee all my reviews

Every other film (of not many) I've watched which deals with Muslim identity conflict issues, there is this tendency to try to be politically correct so that you're not alienating non-Muslims or liberals while at the same not offending the more conservatives. In the end it leaves neither party satisfied. I liked how this film unashamedly didn't try to find the middle ground. It told it like it is. Okay, I don't know what it is like. I know nothing of the Muslim punk rock scene or any other punk rock scene. But really, nothing about this movie felt pretentious.

(Most of) these punk rockers really push the ideals of don't be who your parents want you to be or who society wants you to be or what the Qur'an tells you to be - be who you want to be. That's kind of cliché. I've seen that way too many times. But the film does keep it fresh by having the Taqwacores rebel in unorthodox ways. Like Rabiya who wears a full burqa covering every inch of her body down to her fingers. She doesn't do it out of devotion to Allah or Islam. She does it to make a statement. I could (sort of) relate to that. If you meet someone who doesn't drink or smoke, or someone who's still a virgin, you might assume they're a "good girl / good boy" who is a goody-two-shoes and plays it straight and doesn't dare to embrace who they want to be inside. But isn't it possible they've made a conscious choice - not because they think this is wrong - but because they think they don't need to? Because they're secure in their decisions? Don't get me wrong, I don't think the Taqwacores are secure in their decisions. In fact, beneath all that confident protesting against societal norms, there is a highly veiled layer of deep insecurity. At least that's what I felt. I got that vibe especially from Jehangir. And did I love that character to shreds! I love the message he sends out at the end - who are the Taqwacores to exclude Taqwacores who are "different" when Taqwacores themselves are excluded by other punks because they are "different". People always have the tendency to segregate and to exclude those who are "different". Even those who are excluded themselves. For example, homosexuals might be more accepted by the wider population these days, but bisexuals and asexuals are still weird and even homosexuals find them weird. This might be a bit of a generalization and I may not have a large enough sample to make these generalizations.

I liked that this film led me to think outside the scope of the film, but I kind of wish it did address some of these ideas on its own.


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