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FILM OF THE WEEK – TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK ISLAM

October 24, 2010 , , , ,

TAQWACORE THE DOCUMENTARY

TAQWACORE THE DOCUMENTARY

“TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK ISLAM’ the documentary in the first youtube link below not to be confused with the “THE TAQWACORES” a fiction film in the second you tube link below. The 2009 documentary was directed by Omar Majeed produced by EyeSteelFilm about a number of Taqwacore bands and performers touring the United States and Pakistan.

Three years in the making, this feature documentary follows the progression of the Muslim Punk scene: from its imaginary inception in a novel written by a white-convert named Michael Muhammad Knight to a full-blown, real-life scene of Muslim punk bands and their fans. The film follows Michael and his real-life kindred spirits on their first U.S. tour, where they incite a riot of young hijabi girls at the largest Muslim gathering in North America after Sena takes the stage. Later, the film travels with them to Pakistan, where members of the first Taqwacore band, The Kominas, bring punk to the streets of Lahore and Michael begins to reconcile his fundamentalist past with the rebel he has now become.

YOUTUBE: DOCUMENTARY TRAILER

YOUTUBE: FICTION FILM TRAILER

The fiction film and the documentary were both based of a book written by Michael Muhammad Knight called the Taqwacores.

TAQWACORES THE BOOK

When he was 17, Michael Knight left his mother’s home in Rochester to study Islam at a Pakistani madrassa. It was his first act of rebellion – against his abusive, schizophrenic, white-supremacist father. Years later, burned out on the demands of religious dogma, Mike rebelled once more – by penning a Muslim Punk manifesto called The Taqwacores. His work of fiction struck a chord with young Muslims around the world and before long, real-life Taqwacore bands were creating a scene. This film follows Michael and his band of Muslim punks as they journey across the U.S. and Pakistan, transforming their worlds, their religion and themselves through the spirit of Taqwacore.

The punk message seems to be “Islam is whatever it means to me,” By stoking the revolution – against traditionalists in their own communities and against the clichés forced upon them from the outside – “we’re giving the finger to both sides,” says one Taqwacore. “Fuck you and fuck you.”

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