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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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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 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.

Genres:

Drama | Music

Certificate:

Not Rated
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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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Rumanni Filmworks See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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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Anarchy and Islam
17 February 2011 | by natg520See all my reviews

If you liked "Border Radio" or "Clerks" you might like this one. The theme of religion plays a conspicuous role here, though. The characters are young and searching for their own definitions of Islam. It's interesting to see the DIY approach the characters take. It's a sweet story about alienated friends trying to define themselves.

The editing and periodic black and white with talk radio blaring bigoted messages provides breaks in the story and relates the lives of the characters to the world. The overall feel of the movie is like those independent films of the late eighties and early nineties.

I think that the movie would have been better with more music, but the film does succeed in conveying the seriousness of the Muslim identity in modern America.


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