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The Taqwacores

The Taqwacores
  • 2010
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: Eyad Zahra
  • Cast: Dominic Rains, Bobby Naderi, Noureen DeWulf

Zahra's adaptation of Michael Muhammed Knight's novel tells the story of a young Muslim student (Naderi) in early 80s Buffalo who moves into a house of Taqwacore rockers, and finds his living room converted from a mosque during the day into a Muslim punk rock den at night. While some of the extreme characters are a little crude in their personification of culture-clash America, Zahra uses them to bring forth interesting questions about faith, ideologies and culture.

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The Taqwacores

9 Aug 20113 stars

Exploration of identity set within American Muslim punk scene

(15) 83min Eyad Zahra’s adaptation of Michael Muhammed Knight’s novel set in the American Muslim punk scene is in the tradition of early 80s music scene movies such as Penelope Spheeris’ Surburbia and Edo Bertoglio’s Downtown 81. First generation…

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