Among the Believers2016
Among the Believers (2016)
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There's little that's not dispiriting about "Among the Believers" and its measured, direct entrée into a closed world of hopeless boys and girls memorizing the Koran, but forbidden from learning its meanings.
While it is maddening to see the aversion to open-minded education by Mr. Aziz ("'Progressive thought' is dying," he declares, pleased), we also see the stark poverty that leaves others with few choices but to follow him.
It insists on seeing its subjects' humanity - something rare in the Western press, particularly when reporting on Islam, and especially fundamentalism.
The filmmakers skillfully orchestrate the various levels of their exploration, from the intimate details of Talha and Zarina's lives to the workings of the big national picture.
An eye-opening exploration of secular/religious conflict in Pakistan.
Audience Reviews for Among the Believers
Using a seemingly detached approach that doesn't preach to the audience and understands that what it shows speaks for itself, this is an important documentary that offers a devastating look at religious fundamentalism brainwashing kids and turning them into terrorists.
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