Among the Believers

Spotlight

World Premiere

Pakistan | 84 MINUTES

AMONG THE BELIEVERS

Female Director(s), Documentary, NY Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
Opening with a chilling scene of a very young boy delivering a sermon with vitriolic hatred in his eyes, this sobering documentary takes us through the recent history of Pakistan’s ideological clash between moderate and fundamentalist forces. The Red Mosque, an organization in Pakistan that runs madrassas across the country, trains legions of children to devote their lives to jihad, or holy war. With incredible access into the schools and its leader Maulana Aziz we see firsthand how the radical side is building up its army as thousands of children pledge their allegiance to ISIS.

Directors Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi craft a humanizing documentary about the big issues at hand by giving us up close access to Aziz, his longtime opponent, education reformer Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy, and school children Talha and Zarina—a young boy and girl who are on entirely different educational paths in the religious and secular systems. Intimate and brutally honest, Among the Believers offers a rare insight into the ideological battle shaping modern Pakistan and the Muslim world.

—Mallory Lance

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CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi

Hemal Trivedi's credits include Outlawed in Pakistan, Saving Face, Shabeena’s Quest, and Beyond Mumbai. She has produced and edited over 50 award-winning shorts for Odyssey Networks. Mohammed Ali Naqvi’s documentary credits include Shame and Pakistan's Hidden Shame. He has also produced two narrative features, Big River, and I Will Avenge You Iago.
Director
Hemal Trivedi, Mohammed Ali Naqvi
Screenwriter
Jonathan Goodman Levitt
Producer
Jonathan Goodman Levitt, Hemal Trivedi
Editor
Hemal Trivedi
Cinematographer
Haider Ali, Habib ur Rehman
Executive Producer
Whitney Dow
Co-Producer
Naziha Syed Ali, Syed Musharraf Shah
Add'l Credit 1
Hina Ali, Chris McCue
Cast
Maulana Abdul Aziz Ghazi, Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy

CONTACTS

International Sales Contact
Jonathan Goodman Levitt
Changeworx USA LLC
North Caldwell, 07006
Phone: 212 380 8213
jgl@changeworx.com
Print Source
Hemal Trivedi
Manjusha Films LLC
Weehawken, 07086
Phone: 646 535 3053
hemalt@gmail.com
Press Contact
Susan Norget
Susan Norget Film Promotion
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212 431 0090
susan@norget.com
US Sales Contact
Hemal Trivedi
Manjusha Films LLC
Weehawken, 07086
Phone: 646 535 3053
hemalt@gmail.com
US Sales Contact
Jonathan Goodman Levitt
Changeworx USA LLC
North Caldwell, 07006
Phone: 212 380 8213
jgl@changeworx.com
International Sales Contact
Hemal Trivedi
Manjusha Films LLC
Weehawken, 07086
Phone: 646 535 3053
hemalt@gmail.com
Print Source
Jonathan Goodman Levitt
Changeworx USA LLC
North Caldwell, 07006
Phone: 212 380 8213
jgl@changeworx.com