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½ August 11, 2014
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February 20, 2012
Alternates between a new punk subculture and a muslim youth movement, this is a great documentary. Shame to see that even a punk genre months old is already fracturing into straight edge and other groups.
½ February 3, 2012
A little long in the tooth at time, but pretty good overall.
August 14, 2011
Not interesting to me.
January 12, 2011
Seriously inspiring content.
December 6, 2010
Punk's not dead, it's just gone to Islamabad.
½ July 14, 2010
The documentary, just like its subject matter, is sometimes loud, sometimes useless, sometimes chaotic, and then sometimes, at the intersection of it all, extremely revealing. In a short span of ~1.5 hours, it does its job well, that is, it describes, through its characters, what it means to be at the crossroads of complicated and sometimes contradictory identities, struggle with different ways of being, and find or create communities on the fringe.
May 3, 2010
A sometimes too fluctuating narrative cannot derail an otherwise interesting documentary about the burgeoning Islamic punk scene growing in the US. The title and some of the narrative is drawn up from the novel by Michael Muhammad Knight about a Islamic punk squatting in Buffalo. His scenes and the narrative structure that is created during the moments at his spoken word performance where he talks about his life experiences tie the film together well but shortly after footage of the ISNA conference in Chicago the narrative structure becomes way too scattered. Specifically frustrating is when bands are brought into the story and given varying times on screen, their importance to what is happening diminishes too quickly. Despite the flaws in structure, the energy of the film is strong and like a good modern documentary, the material is too vital for it to be mulled over for years and years till it's stewed to perfection.
½ January 3, 2010
I think the concept and basis for the documentary is really interesting. However, the main subject and author of the Taqwacore really takes away from the Islamic punk movement by taking too much space in the documentary. It is particularly disappointing given that he is a recent Islamic convert who comes across as condescending and holier than thou.
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