Based on a fictional novel of the same title written by Michael Muhammad Knight, The Taqwacores is directed by Eyad Zahra, and made its official debut at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The story follows an engineering student, who moves into a residence full of Muslim punk rock advocates (Noureen Dewulf plays a riot grrrl) that use their living space for Koranic prayers in the morning, and grimy punk fiestas in the evening. The name Taqwacore is a blend of hardcore, and Arabic word Taqwa, which roughly translates to "being conscious of Allah." Lookout for this one-of-a-kind film guaranteed to play at an artsy independent theater near you.
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