20 Apr Tribeca Film Festival: Among the Believers (BBC)

amongbelievers_poster“I found it alarming, but most of all I found it illuminating

It’s a portrait of Maulana Aziz, who runs the Red Mosque in Pakistan, which is basically the recruiting series of madrasses,” says film critic Owen Gleiberman, describing the documentary Among the Believers. “You see these children being indoctrinated, where all day long all they do is memorise the Koran.”

The feature has just screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. Directors Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi show how the Pakistani cleric is preaching to children as young as four in his network of Islamic seminaries: the film opens with a young boy delivering a vitriolic sermon…”

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