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PR Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam on DVD Aug 9

Kino Lorber



Taqwacore was inspired by the work of Michael Knight, who converted to Islam in rebellion against his white-supremacist father. He went on to pen the novel The Taqwacores (a term combining the Muslim concept of God consciousness with hardcore punk), a manifesto for disillusioned Islamic teens.

As a mashup of piety and politics, hard-core music and anarchy, the Muslim punk movement makes the Sex Pistols look like Fleetwood Mac... - Carla Power, TIME

#1 Music Documentary of 2009 - Spin Earth

Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam



New York, NY - July 8, 2011 - Lorber Films is proud to announce the DVD release of Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (2009), a film by Omar Majeed, chronicling the nascent Muslim punk rock movement in America.

This energetic and powerful documentary comes to DVD, priced at $19.95. It is available for prebook on July 12, 2011, with a street date of August 9.

Courtesy of Kim Badawi (Reflux Pictures)
Taqwacor was inspired by the work of Michael Knight, who converted to Islam in rebellion against his white-supremacist father. He went on to pen the novel The Taqwacores (a term combining the Muslim concept of God consciousness with hardcore punk), a manifesto for disillusioned Islamic teens.

Soon young Muslim musicians were contacting him and a tour idea was hatched. The film follows Knight and a variety of young subversives on tour as they shock and awe spectators in the U.S. before bringing their music to Lahore. They break every taboo along the way, from staging a lesbian thrash act at an Islamic convention to stomping on the American flag. As Knight exclaims, they're giving the finger to both sides.

Taqwacore charts their brash, foolish and often exhilarating attempts to navigate the gap between their cultures and their countries, their religion and their individuality.

Courtesy of Kim Badawi (Reflux Pictures)

Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam
Director: Omar Majeed
Genre: Documentary
SRP: $19.95
Prebook: July 12, 2011
Street date: August 9, 2011.

2009 / Canada / 82 min / 16:9 / English, Punjabi, Arabic, Urdu with English subtitles / Not rated



About Kino Lorber

Kino Lorber combines the resources, staffs and libraries of Lorber Films, Alive Mind and Kino International to create a leader in independent film distribution.

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