doc to watch: taqwacore: the birth of punk islam

Three years in the making, Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam is a feature documentary that 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. Check out the trailer above -- it looks pretty damn fascinating.

Check out this recent Associated Press story on the film, this burgeoning punk rock movement, and bands like The Kominas, who use their music to explore their identities as Americans and fight stereotypes about South Asian immigrants: Muslim-Hindu punk rock bands part of new movement.

The film, directed by Pakistani-Canadian filmmaker Omar Majeed, is set for release in the U.S. this year. To learn more about the film and upcoming screenings, visit hte Taqwacore website here.

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