Sundance Film Festival Description:Oh, to be young, beautiful, Muslim—and punk rockers! Heres one story of disaffected American youth we havent seen before.
Yusef, a straitlaced Pakistani American college student, moves into a house with an unlikely group of Muslim misfits—skaters, skinheads, queers, and a riot grrrl in a burqa—all of whom embrace Taqwacore, the hardcore Muslim punk-rock scene. They may read the Koran and attend the mosque, but they also welcome an anarchic blend of sex, booze, and partying. As Yusef becomes more involved in Taqwacore, he finds his faith and ideology challenged by both this new subculture and his charismatic new friends, who represent different ideas of the Islamic tradition.
Adapted from the influential novel by Michael Muhammad Knight (cowriter of the film), The Taqwacores marks the energetic directorial debut of Eyad Zahra, who creates a wholly original spin on the identity narrative and invests the filth and fury of Islamic punk with humor and humanity.
Really hope I get the chance to see this. I’ve been interested in the taqwacore scene for a while now, so I’m glad this is getting released.
I also recommend listening to Issue Oriented podcast Episode 48 (iTunes link) with Taqwacore band The Kominas. Thanks to vivzilla for telling me to listen to it. The Kominas are really inspiring and through their interview I reaffirmed my faith in punk rock.