Thursday, October 1, 2009

Movie News: 'Survival of the Dead' and 'Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam' at the 38th FNC

From a media release

Montreal, Wednesday, September 30, 2009 – Attention, cinephiles of all stripes! Now in its 6th year, the FNC’s Temps Ø program is seeing big, with 17 films and two major events. Temps Ø runs October 8th to 18th.

Starting things off on Thursday, October 8 at 9:30 p.m. at the Imperial (Sandra & Leo Kolber Centre, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon), the much anticipated Montreal premiere of Omar Majeed’s documentary TAQWACORE: THE BIRTH OF PUNK ISLAM. Taqwacore (taqwa for piety, core as in hard) is unapologetic punk, cool and real, a joyously radical scene inspired by Michael Muhammad Knight’s The Taqwacores. His story of Sufis with mohawks, Riot Grrrls in burqas and Indonesian skaterboys was an instant hit with a generation of North American Muslims who began speaking out against extremism within their communities and stereotypes in the outside world. Featuring Boston’s The Kominas and author Michael Muhammad Knight, the film light-heartedly chronicles a movement unlikely to go away. Produced by EyeSteelFilm (Up the Yangtze, RIP!: A Remix Manifesto); theatrical release October 19.

A “Taqwacore Muslim Punk Blow-Out” (no less) will mark the occasion at the FNC HQ (Agora Hydro-Québec, Coeur des sciences, UQÀM) in partnership with EyeSteelFilm and Homeless Nation ( by and for Canada’s homeless). Appearing live: The Kominas, and Radwan Moumneh (Pas Chic Chic, Jerusalem in My Heart). Video installation by Omar Majeed. All under a Rai, Qawaali, Arabique and Bollywood influence with DJs Bundi and Radwan Moumneh. Plus: a Muslim Punk bazaar and a Sufi meditation tent. A bit of mysticism, for those who like to twirl.

The second big item: the arrival in town of the high priest of intelligent horror, the deranged inventor of the political and social zombie flick, the very important George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead, Zombie). The master will be here to introduce his latest hell-bound creation, GEORGE A. ROMERO’S SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD, a neo-western dripping with pain and visceral terror that drew a lot of press at its Venice opening. Fans, critics and academics agree: Romero is one of America’s greatest directors. In recognition of his life’s work, the FNC will present Romero with a Louve d’honneur on Friday, October 9th at 9:15 p.m. at the Imperial (Sandra & Leo Kolber Centre, Salle Lucie & André Chagnon). Hordes of voracious fans and lovers of all things gruesome are salivating. Join them to witness a rare moment of euphoric FNC blood lust.

Risky and eclectic, Temps Ø is one of our wildest programs. Among the other original work on this year’s list: the hot new French comedy Les Beaux Gosses by Riad Sattouf; Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani’s Amer; Yu Irie’s Japanese hit 8000 Miles; Bong Joon-ho’s Mother; and Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai by Mamoru Oshii.

The Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is presented by Quebecor in collaboration with eXcentris and made possible by funding from SODEC, Telefilm Canada, Ministère du Tourisme; Ministère des Affaires municipales, des Régions et de l’Occupation du territoire; Ville de Montréal; Canada Council for the Arts; Tourisme Montréal; Conseil des arts de Montréal; and Canadian Heritage. The Festival also thanks its major partners the STM and Solotech, its official suppliers and all the distributors for helping to make this 38th FNC possible.

Media contact

Michael-Oliver Harding / Brigitte Chabot Communications

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