By: Omar Majeed
(Canada, 2009, 80 min)
Screens: Friday, November 11th, 9:30 pm
The word taqwacore is a combination of hardcore , a genre of punk music, and taqwa, an Arabic word that translates as “piety” or “God-fearing.” The first to use the term was writer, journalist, and Muslim convert Michael Muhammad Knight. His novel, The Taqwacores, about a group of young Islamic punk rockers, received a storm of recognition among young American Muslims and prompted the formation of various Muslim punk bands.
Omar Majeed is a Pakistani-Canadian film director and producer. He studied cinema at York University Film School and editing at the International Academy of Design in Toronto. He went on to work as producer at Toronto’s CityTV and won a Gemini Award for his television work. Majeed also worked with Canada’s National Film Board through the Reel Diversity program in Montreal and with EyeSteelFilm.