Director Mohammed Naqvi:
Emmy-winning filmmaker Mohammed is also a fellow of the National Endowment of the Arts and American Film Institute's Project 20:20 program. In addition, his work has received numerous awards including the Amnesty Human Rights Award, the United Nations Association Festival Grand Jury Award, and has been showcased at the Museum of Modern Art. Documentary credits include: Shame (Showtime), Pakistan's Hidden Shame (Channel 4), Shabeena's Quest (Al-Jazeera), and Terror’s Children (Discovery). Mohammed has produced two narrative feature films, Big River and I Will Avenge You Iago; starring Giancarlo Esposito and Larry Pine, recently directing narrative short Happy Things in Sorrow Times.
Director's Statement: Growing up in Pakistan, I witnessed the burgeoning influence of militant Islam, one which violently silenced dissenting opinion from progressive Muslims. When I got the opportunity to work on Among The Believers, it was a chance to not only expose the rhetoric of militant Islam, but also highlight the progressive Muslim forces trying desperately to fight militancy. During the course of filming, we gained unprecedented access to Abdul Aziz, the Taliban's main spokesperson, and documented his growing influence over four years.