Director: Eyad Zahra (United States)
Eyad Zahra graduated Magna Cum Lade in 2004 from the Florida State University School of Motion Picture, Television, & the Recording Arts. Since 2005, Mr.Zahra has produced various short films and television segments. Working briefly in Dubai, U.A.E., Mr. Zahra produced TV promotion segments for the largest television network in the Middle East, Showtime Arabia. In 2007 Mr. Zahra also worked on the 2007 Warner Brothers release, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, where he served as the Director's Assistant to Andrew Dominik.
Based on the wildly popular novel of the same name by Michael Muhammad Knight, The Taqwacores is the story of Yusef, a first generation Pakistani engineering student, living in Buffalo, NY with a group of Muslim punks. His housemates introduce him to Taqwacore, a hardcore Muslim punk rock scene that exists out west. Taqwacore becomes the domineering influence in the house, and ultimately on Yusef, forcing him to challenge his faith and his ideologies. The Taqwacores deals with the complexities of being young and Muslim in modern-day America.