Produced by Jonathan Goodman Levitt and Hemal Trivedi
Written by Jonathan Goodman Levitt
“The bloody power struggle between Muslim extremists and secular leaders for control of Pakistani children’s education receives clear, dramatically up-close expression in Among the Believers... chills to the bone.”- Variety
An unsettling and eye opening exploration into the dramatic rise of a series of radical mosques in Pakistan which train legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war, from a very young age. This powerful new documentary is granted remarkable access to the network’s leader, charismatic cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi. An ISIS supporter and Taliban ally devoted to waging jihad against the Pakistani state, Aziz’s dream is to impose a strict version of Shariah law throughout the country, as a model for the world. His Red Mosque network can be found all over the country.
The filmmakers also focus on the lives of two teenage students who have both attended madrassahs (Islamic seminaries) but whose lives take very different paths.
Intimate and shocking, Among the Believers offers rare insights into the ideological battles shaping Pakistan and the Muslim world.
The screening on Saturday 12th March at 19:00 will be followed by a Q&A with the film's director Mohammed Ali Naqvi and writer / producer Jonathan Goodman Levitt, hosted by Owen Bennett-Jones.
Owen Bennett-Jones is a freelance British journalist and one of the hosts of Newshour on the BBC World Service. As a foreign correspondent for over twenty years and a former BBC Islamabad bureau chief, he has worked all over Pakistan. He is the author of Pakistan: Eye of the Storm and more recently the new political thriller Target Britain.
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