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Among the Believers Reviews

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September 2, 2016
Without an element of true discovery, however, Among The Believers is a cinematically, and artistically, flat result.
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 5, 2019
This isn't Friday night viewing, and there's certainly nothing groundbreaking here, but if you're interested in gaining insight into the rationale of Jihadism, this should certainly be a pitstop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 23, 2018
Aziz is shown to be at once strong, authentic, charismatic, vulnerable, boring, and a charlatan. He is not the kind of person you can easily demonize or humanize.
September 2, 2016
As well as providing a window into the Red Mosque's current activities, directors Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi take care to remind us of the organisation's deep political history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 27, 2018
A chilling documentary that examines Maulana Aziz's Red Mosque network and the roots of Muslim extremism.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 2, 2016
Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi's Among the Believers takes viewers to the frontlines of an ideological battle playing out in the Islamic world that receives little coverage in the Western media.
September 2, 2016
The filmmakers weave together historical footage, intimate interviews and live events in such a fluid way that the film maintains its urgency, despite many of the events being years old.
Full Review | Original Score: A
September 29, 2016
While it is maddening to see the aversion to open-minded education by Mr. Aziz ("'Progressive thought' is dying," he declares, pleased), we also see the stark poverty that leaves others with few choices but to follow him.
September 2, 2016
Trivedi and Naqvi put together this multi-tentacled story using a daunting variety of footage, news reports and archival film mixed with interviews. It paints an extremely grim picture.
September 29, 2016
It insists on seeing its subjects' humanity - something rare in the Western press, particularly when reporting on Islam, and especially fundamentalism.
September 2, 2016
Revelatory and troubling.
April 17, 2015
What I like about Among the Believers, a portrait of radical Islam in Pakistan, is how the first two-thirds of the movie strives to remain as balanced as possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 30, 2016
A riveting documentary that explains education and the violent changes that are rocking Pakistan.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 2, 2016
The filmmakers skillfully orchestrate the various levels of their exploration, from the intimate details of Talha and Zarina's lives to the workings of the big national picture.
October 11, 2016
An unvarnished inside look at a society uprooted by religious warfare and the lives of the children caught in the crossfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 2, 2016
An eye-opening exploration of secular/religious conflict in Pakistan.
October 6, 2016
There's little that's not dispiriting about "Among the Believers" and its measured, direct entrée into a closed world of hopeless boys and girls memorizing the Koran, but forbidden from learning its meanings.
January 17, 2017
The film contains many chilling scenes of radicalized children, led by poverty and circumstance into a life of militancy. Many castoff children, are fed, indoctrinated, and turned into weapons in an unholy war
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 30, 2016
Surprise-surprise. Young boys and girls become Islamic fundamentalists in order to get a meal and a roof over their head. The answer is not Predator drones but ending inequality.
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