Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam

Overview

Michael Muhammad Knight's 2003 novel The Taqwacores told the story of a handful of Muslim punk rockers living in New York who form a band to spread the word about their faith. While the story was fiction, Knight's story inspired a small but vocal handful of real-life Muslim rock fans who struggle to combine their love of aggressive music with lyrics that celebrate Islamic teachings ("Taqwacore" comes from "Taqwa," an Arabic word which refers to deep and sincere religious faith, and "Hardcore," a speedy, ...
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Overview

Michael Muhammad Knight's 2003 novel The Taqwacores told the story of a handful of Muslim punk rockers living in New York who form a band to spread the word about their faith. While the story was fiction, Knight's story inspired a small but vocal handful of real-life Muslim rock fans who struggle to combine their love of aggressive music with lyrics that celebrate Islamic teachings ("Taqwacore" comes from "Taqwa," an Arabic word which refers to deep and sincere religious faith, and "Hardcore," a speedy, stripped-down brand of punk rock that emerged in the 1980s). Filmmaker Omar Majeed hit the road with a pair of Muslim punk bands as they set out on a low-budget tour, with author Knight in tow, and Taqwacore: The Birth Of Punk Islam documents their adventures while offering a look at the individual musicians, the message they want to share, and their status as outsiders both in the punk rock scene and in American culture. (The film also follows the musicians as they visit Pakistan after the end of the tour.) Taqwacore: The Birth Of Punk Islam was an official selection at the 2009 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2011
  • UPC: 705105267012
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Source: Lorber Films (Kino)
  • Region Code: 0
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 62,559

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Muhammad Knight Participant
Technical Credits
Omar Majeed Director, Editor, Screenwriter
Mila Aung-Thwin Executive Producer, Producer
Bob Moore Co-producer
Maxime Chalifoux Editor
Daniel Cross Executive Producer
Mark Ellam Cinematographer
Zacharie Fay Cinematographer, Sound/Sound Designer
Steven Moore Sound/Sound Designer
Kieran Quan Sound/Sound Designer
Kyle Stanfield Sound/Sound Designer
Omar Waqar Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam
1. Music Is Forbidden [6:37]
2. Gallant Punk Hero [7:46]
3. On Tour [7:04]
4. Satan's Son [6:27]
5. MC Riz [6:41]
6. No Female Singers [7:14]
7. Pakistan [8:02]
8. Resistance Music [5:49]
9. Shia Shrine [10:29]
10. Planning the Gig [5:21]
11. Bringing Out the Crowds [6:26]
12. Allah [4:07]
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