|Among the Believers
Directed by Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi
Produced by Jonathan Goodman Levitt and Hemal Trivedi
Written by Jonathan Goodman Levitt
84 minutes, documentary, color, English & Urdu w/ English subtitles, 2015
Firebrand cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi, an ISIS supporter and Taliban ally, is waging jihad against the Pakistani government with the aim of imposing Shariah law. His primary weapon is his expanding network of Islamic seminaries for children as young as four. Among the Believers follows Aziz's personal quest, and charts the lives of two of his teenage students who are pawns in his ideological war.
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"A superb documentary that offers an unfettered look at life inside and surrounding the extremist Red Mosque madrassa system…at once deeply scary when it comes to what it may presage about the future, and thoroughly enlightening." - AM New York
"Alarming... illuminating." - BBC
"ONE OF 12 MUST-SEE PREMIERES AT TRIBECA. '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." - Entertainment Weekly
"This expose of schools teaching religious extremism in Pakistan is both infuriating and remarkable for the degree of access obtained by the trenchant filmmakers." - Indiewire
"An eye-opening behind the scenes portrait of the Red Mosque." - The Daily Beast
"Chills to the bone." - Variety
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Interview with directors Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi on The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC
● Four Bonus Scenes