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“Making this film involved sacrifices by all those who participated. They received death threats, their friends were murdered, and the crew were left fearing for their lives and for their families’ safety. What they produced is a stirring message that will ask viewers to progress beyond fear, hatred, and knee-jerk assumptions about Pakistan and Islam.” ~ Zainab Salbi
Review: In ‘Among the Believers,’ a Cleric Holds Sway
“The directors let their subjects speak without overtly passing judgment. And 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.”
“Directors Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi discuss their film, “Among the Believers,” which follows cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi, an ISIS and Taliban supporter, who is waging jihad against the Pakistani government, looking to impose Shariah law. The film also follows the paths of two of his teenage students.”
“By establishing trust with their subjects and persisting in telling this story over several years, Hemal and Mo were able to provide in-depth perspective on what may be causing the rise of radical Islamism, something Americans can’t easily find on nightly newscasts. Despite multiple rejections from funders, and death threats from Taliban supporters, they persevered and created a documentary that all Americans, and hopefully one day Pakistanis – it’s currently banned in Pakistan- need to see.”
“AMONG THE BELIEVERS “They train kids to be suicide bombers here!” a distraught man shouts outside a school during a demonstration in Pakistan. This documentary, from Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi, takes us inside the school to prove that claim. The school system is run by Maulana Abdul Aziz, a cleric and ISIS supporter whose goal is to impose Shariah law around the globe.” ~ Anita Gates