Taqwacore (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Omar Majeed
Produced by EyeSteelFilm
Mila Aung-Thwin
Daniel Cross
Written by David Oliveras
Starring Michael Muhammad Knight
The Kominas
Al Thawra
Vote Hezbollah
Secret Trial Five
Music by Omar Waqar
Cinematography Mark Ellam
Zachary Dylan Fay
Edited by Maxime Chalifoux
Omar Majeed
Distributed by EyeSteelFilm
Release dates
  • 19 October 2009 (2009-10-19)
Running time
80 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam is a 2009 documentary film, directed by Omar Majeed and produced by EyeSteelFilm, about various Taqwacore bands and performers touring the United States and Pakistan. The documentary was filmed between 2007 and 2009.


Many individuals are featured in the documentary, including:


The Pakistani punkers The Kominas have arrived at the last stop of their first USA tour and are celebrating with tourmates. Also appearing are the author Michael Muhammad Knight (The Taqwacores), Koroush (Vote Hezbollah), Sena (Secret Trial Five) and Marwan (Al-Thawra). They incite a riot of young hijabi girls at ISNA, the largest Muslim gathering in North America, after Sena takes the stage.

The film then travels with Knight to Pakistan, where his friends (in a new band named after Noble Drew Ali) bring punk to the streets of Lahore and elsewhere in the region. Michael also begins to reconcile his fundamentalist past with the rebel he has now become.



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