Arkiv: Program 2016Among The Believers
Arkiv 20161:00 am - 1:00 am
2015, USA/Pakistan, 84 min
Directors: Hemal Trivedi, Mohammed Naqvi
Produced by: Jonathan Goodman Levitt and Hemal Trivedi
Written by: Jonathan Goodman Levitt
In the vacuum that arises when the government fails there is room for extremism to thrive. The escalating spiral of violence in Pakistan since 2007 is a result of the strengthening of radical Islamism, spearheaded by The Red Mosque and its leader, notorious Maulana Aziz. Under his rule, tens of thousand children are indoctrinated to join in his jihad, with the final goal of imposing sharia law in Pakistan.
The award-winning documentary Among The Believers has obtained a unique and close access to Aziz, as we also meet young students of the mosque, as well as one of the leaders of the civil society’s resistance to the radicalisation, Dr. Pervez Hoodboy.
The film, for which the directors have received death threats, show the complex relationship between poverty, religion and failing authorities, which together lays the foundation for extremism.