February 18th, Saturday 7PM
Best friends Basim and Shahjehan mount a national tour with their Muslim punk band, the Kominas, Punjabi for “the bastards.” As the demands of the road start pulling them apart, they discover the meaning of friendship when the hype, praise, and audiences fade away.
Taqwacore was a buzzword in the mid-2000s. Academics, journalists, and religious scholars glommed on to the term and excavated it for meaning – what was it like to be young, Muslim and American in the wake of 9/11? The US was at war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and maybe soon in Iran. The face of the enemy abroad was brown and Muslim, but who were the dark ones living inside the empire?
Director: Marcus Ricci & Rakesh Baruah