The Taqwacores

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Released 2010

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2010
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The Taqwacores begins when Yusef (Bobby Naderi), an engineering student of Pakistani descent, moves in with a group of Muslim punks in Buffalo, N.Y., and his new pals introduce him to the hardcore punk values of the Taqwacores -- young Muslims questioning their roles in American society. Based on a novel that was a huge hit with Muslim youth, the film spotlights the paradox of disaffected youth still trying to maintain a connection with traditional forms of faith.

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  • 60

    New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman

    The actual Taqwacore movement is distilled in blatantly simplistic fashion, but Zahra does capture the novel's adolescent excitement, in which a new generation rediscovers rebellio...

  • 40

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    The Taqwacores aims for a provocative, anarchic cool by juxtaposing Islam and punk rock. But the storytelling is so muddled and the filmmaking so unpolished - and not in a good way...

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    As a misfit-centric slap at religious conformity, the story's premise couldn't be more primed for trenchant social comedy, but screenwriter Knight and director Eyad Zahra opt for m...

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