When and Where:
Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00pm
at The Gallery Hall (across from the Nickle Galleries) in Taylor Family Digital Library
Among the Believers premiered at the Tribeca International Film Festival, and concerns charismatic cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi, an ISIS supporter and Taliban ally, who is waging jihad against the Pakistani state. His dream is to impose a strict version of Shariah law throughout the country, as a model for the world. A flashpoint in Aziz’s holy war took place in 2007, when the government leveled his flagship mosque to the ground, killing his mother, brother, only son and 150 students. With unprecedented access, Among the Believers follows Aziz on his very personal quest to create an Islamic utopia, during the bloodiest period in Pakistan’s modern history. The film also follows the lives of two teenage students who have attended madrassahs (Islamic seminaries) run by Aziz’s Red Mosque network. Aziz’s foil is nuclear physicist and leading educational activist Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy. He passionately opposes Aziz through his public appearances, lectures, and the media.
Opposition against Aziz comes to a head in December, 2014, when Aziz insults a grieving nation by trying to justify the brutal massacre of 132 school children in Peshawar by the Taliban. The attack ignites a movement to end extremism in Pakistan’s mosques and madrassahs. Led by Hoodbhoy and others, Pakistan’s moderate majority focuses on Aziz and calls for his arrest.
Intimate and shocking, Among the Believers offers rare insights into the ideological battles shaping Pakistan and the Muslim world.
“This expose of schools teaching religious extremism in Pakistan is both infuriating and remarkable for the degree of access obtained by the trenchant filmmakers.”
– Casey Cipriani, Indiewire
“Among the Believers might also qualify as Tribeca’s scariest film this year. Boasting incredible access, directors Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi are invited into Red Mosque.”
– Jeff Labrecque, Entertainment Weekly
“With unprecedented access to major players, this documentary clearly follows the bloody power struggle between Muslim extremists and secular leaders for control of Pakistani children’s education”
– Ronnie Scheib, Variety
Directed by: Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi
Produced by: Jonathan Goodman Levitt and Hemal Trivedi
Written by: Jonathan Goodman Levitt
See more at http://www.amongthebelieversfilm.com/
All seating is first come, first served. Please arrive early.
Free for students with ID and community by donation ($5.00 – $10.00 suggested)
All proceeds go towards the Campus Food Bank.