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USA: Strand Releasing
UK: Network Releasing
Cast: Bobby Naderi, Noureen Dewulf, Dominic Rains, Nav Mann, Ian Tran, Volkan Eryaman, Tony Yalda, Rasika Mathur, Anne Leighton, John Charles Meyer, Denise George, Marwan Kamel, Nicholas Riley, Ara Thorose, Ian Tran, Tony Yalda, Jim Dickson
Director: Eyad Zahra
USA & UK: 83 mins
USA Rated: Not rated
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, sex, sex references and soft drug use
USA Release Date: 12 November 2010 (Limited Release - Los Angeles)
USA Release Date: 22 October 2010 (Limited Release - New York)
UK Release Date: 12 August 2011 (Limited Release)
Based on the novel by Michael Muhammad Knight, Yusef (Bobby Naderi), a first-generation Pakistani engineering student, moves off-campus with a group of Muslim punks in Buffalo, New York. His new “unorthodox” housemates soon introduce him to Taqwacore - a hardcore, Muslim punk rock scene that only exists on the West Coast.
As the seasons change, Taqwacore influences the house more and more. The living room becomes a mosque during the day, while it continues to host punk parties at night. Ultimately, Taqwacore influences Yusef too, as he begins to challenge his own faith and ideologies.
THE TAQWACORES deals with the complexities of being young and Muslim in modern-day America.