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Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam » Blog Archive

Posted: September 12th, 2010 |

Hey everybody in the Toronto area, check out this cool new film by Morrocan-Swiss-Montreal filmmaker Halima Ouardiri.  Its very arty, beautiful, strange, mystical and totally Taqwacore in its own way.  In these ‘burn a quran’, ‘ground zero mosque’ days, I think we have to support daring Muslim filmmakers who express their unique point-of-view.  This film is the start of a new wave. Details below.

a film by halima ouardiri


WORLD PREMIERE at the Toronto International Film Festival


Tuesday September 14 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday September 15 at 4:30 pm

Based on a true story, Mokhtar recounts the tale of a young boy who lives with his family of goatherds in aremote, Moroccan village. One day, the boy finds a fallen owl and decides to keep it, despite the fact that the owl is considered a bad omen. Mokhtar’s new pet becomes a symbol of rebellion against his family and an icon of his fledgling independence. Kinship, religion and spirituality are all confronted in this film that celebrates inner and outer strength.
EyeSteelFilm presents “MOKHTAR” Featuring ABDALLAH ICHIKI, S’FIA MOUSSA & OMAR BELARBI, Editor HÉLÈNE GIRARD, Cinematography DURAID MUNAJIM Sound Design BRUNO PUCELLA Production Design BRAHIM BATTA Original Music by RADWAN MOUMNEH Associate producer BOB MOORE Executive Producer DANIEL CROSS Produced by HALIMA OUARDIRI & MILA AUNG-THWIN Written and Directed by HALIMA OUARDIRI

Running time: 15 minutes / Language: Tachelhit (subtitled in English)

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