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Documentary on Punk Islam to be Screened at Le Moyne College

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … A feature documentary film, titled “Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam,” will be screened on Tues., Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium. Following the screening, there will be a question-and-answer period with the film’s director, Omar Majeed.

Three years in the making, this feature documentary follows the progression of the Muslim Punk scene from its imaginary inception in a novel written by a white-convert named Michael Muhammad Knight to a full-blown, real-life scene of Muslim punk bands and their fans. Produced by EyeSteelFilm, this film depicts the travels of a ground-breaking punk band whose name combines the Arabic word “taqwa” (God consciousness) and “core” (punk).

When he was 17, Michael Knight left his mother’s home in Rochester to study Islam at a Pakistani madrassa. It was his first act of rebellion – against his abusive, schizophrenic, white-supremacist father. Years later, burned out on the demands of religious dogma, Mike rebelled once more – by penning a Muslim Punk manifesto called The Taqwacores. His work of fiction struck a chord with young Muslims around the world and before long, real-life Taqwacore bands were creating a scene. This film follows Michael and his band of Muslim punks as they journey across the U.S. and Pakistan, transforming their worlds, their religion and themselves through the spirit of Taqwacore.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the departments of communication and film studies, religious studies, and anthropology, criminology and sociology, as well as the Center for Peace and Global Studies. For more information, call (315) 445-4497 or visit www.taqwacore.com






posted on: 10/6/2009