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(NR) First Run Features - 84 min
  • DIRECTOR: Hemal Trivedi, Mohammed Ali Naqvi

SHOWTIMES 09/20/2017 (change date):

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Firebrand cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi, an ISIS supporter and Taliban ally, is waging jihad against the Pakistani government with the aim of imposing Shariah law. His primary weapon is his expanding network of Islamic seminaries for children as young as four. AMONG THE BELIEVERS follows Aziz's personal quest, and charts the lives of two of his teenage students who are pawns in his ideological war.

"A superb documentary that offers an unfettered look at life inside and surrounding the extremist Red Mosque madrassa system. At once deeply scary when it comes to what it may presage about the future, and thoroughly enlightening."

- AM New York


Producer: Jonathan Goodman Levitt, Hemal Trivedi

Writer: Jonathan Goodman Levitt



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5 out of 5 stars

Among the Believers

September 28, 2016
Bravo, well done ! As Westerners we should keep in mind that much of Pakistan's populace is against such practices and while its disturbing, it's not normative.

5 out of 5 stars


September 4, 2016
I was impressed by the film’s access to the network of madrasahs to uncover ‘what lies beneath’, and its ability to penetrate the heart of the ideology, pedagogy and methodology of Islamic radicalization.

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5 out of 5 stars

beautiful, shocking indie doc

September 3, 2016
you literally can't believe you're watching a documentary. these filmmakers zoom right into the center of this jihadist's world. Also has really beautiful and emotional side stories of the kids stuck in this world. an important and timely film.

Paul Ahmed
5 out of 5 stars

Honest and clear-eyed !

September 3, 2016
I have watched several documentaries and movies on this topic for years. But nothing matches Among the Believers. The film just nails the core of the issue. The film is honest and clear eyed. It dares to call a spade a spade.

Travis Meehan
5 out of 5 stars

Really troubling...but fascinating

September 2, 2016
I missed the chance to see this when it came out at Tribeca, but caught it when it played again at StF and glad to get a chance to check it out again. First, the access the filmmakers got was pretty unbelievable. I didn't know who Aziz was before this but really appreciate the danger they were in when making this. Second I was impressed at how this takes a deep look at a really complicated issue, that's not as one-sided as we often think. You see the kids are really the victims in this along with everybody else.

Cynthia Jenner
5 out of 5 stars

A fine piece of art and excellent editing

September 2, 2016
I was really suspicious of Among the Believers -- not knowing what to expect. The film seemed sensational, loud and almost propagandist. But to my surprise it was finely balanced, beautifully edited and extremely poetic. I could not stop crying throughout the film and could not stop thinking about the lives of children that are affected by this madness. But while I saw despair, I also saw hope. I also saw how a small indigenous grassroots movement, a small school, is far more effective in combating bigotry and hate, than millions of dollars spent on bombs. I realized how books and not bombs can change the world.

Carole Schmidt
5 out of 5 stars

Chilling and poetic!

September 2, 2016
I saw Among the Believers at a private screening in New York City. I was blown away by the film and was up for days thinking about the film. It is certainly the most though provoking and powerful work of art I have seen in decades. A must see!

Autumn Lawrence
5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic work of art and great access

September 2, 2016
I saw Among the Believers at Tribeca Film Festival and was blown away by the access. It was the world that I heard about, terrified about -- but had never seen so up close and in person. Despite the hot button issue the film manages to stay very impartial and balanced. It is a fine piece of journalism and investigation into an issue that is shaping our modern world. The film is extremely poetic and cinematic.