In this ground breaking documentary we follow the new phenomenon across the world and see how it embraces young Muslims, challenges conservative believers and marks a new musical movement. The Birth of Punk Islam follows Michael and his kindred spirits as they travel across the USA in their green school bus. We watch them challenging Muslims and non-Muslims with punchy anthems like Sharia Law in the USA. Their spiritual odyssey then leads them to Pakistan, where they bring punk to the streets of Lahore and reconnect with Islam in a bold new way. 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’ journey across the US and Pakistan, transforming their worlds, their religion and themselves through the spirit of Taqwacore.
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