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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.
Trivedi and Naqvi put together this multi-tentacled story using a daunting variety of footage, news reports and archival film mixed with interviews. It paints an extremely grim picture.
A chilling documentary that examines Maulana Aziz's Red Mosque network and the roots of Muslim extremism.
Aziz is shown to be at once strong, authentic, charismatic, vulnerable, boring, and a charlatan. He is not the kind of person you can easily demonize or humanize.
The film contains many chilling scenes of radicalized children, led by poverty and circumstance into a life of militancy. Many castoff children, are fed, indoctrinated, and turned into weapons in an unholy war
An unvarnished inside look at a society uprooted by religious warfare and the lives of the children caught in the crossfire.
Surprise-surprise. Young boys and girls become Islamic fundamentalists in order to get a meal and a roof over their head. The answer is not Predator drones but ending inequality.
A riveting documentary that explains education and the violent changes that are rocking Pakistan.
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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