The genre: sci-fi. The prop: glasses. The line of dialogue: ”Amazingly beautiful, yet hopelessly impractical.” These were the mandatory ingredients for this short film, created in just two days for a 48 hour film contest in the Netherlands.
When he was 17, Michael Knight left his mother’s home in Rochester to study Islam at a Pakistani madrassa. It was his first act of rebellion – against his abusive, schizophrenic, white-supremacist father. Years later, burned out on the demands of religious dogma, Mike rebelled once more – by penning a Muslim Punk manifesto called The Taqwacores. Striking a chord with young Muslims around the world, Taqwacore soon became a scene. This film follows Michael and his band of Muslim punks as they journey across the U.S. and Pakistan, transforming their worlds, their religion and themselves through the spirit of Taqwacore.
Omar Majeed is a filmmaker, a Gemini-Award winning editor, a motion graphics artist and celebrated raconteur par excellence. He is also a devoted husband, friend, armchair-therapist, bookbinder, soda-pop mixer, punk provocateur, sensitive poet, insufferable gadfly, cinephile snob, and can play three-chord rock very well on his accoustic guitar. Taqwacore is his latest film and he really wants you to see it.
Taqwacore will be screening at 815pm this Sunday (16 August) at The Substation, as part of the 4th Singapore Indie Doc Fest. More details / ticketing here »
Introducing Community Tuesdays, for individuals/groups to organise events for public/groups.
Sinema welcomes barter services/products! Venue hire fees are highly subsidised on Tuesdays based on project proposal and approval case-by-case basis. Hirerʼs event must have an attendance rate of at least 70 people. One booking per Hirer for every 3 months.
The Sinema Theatre is located on the 2nd level of Sinema Old School.
Juxtaposed with historical architectural features of the former Methodist Girls School, the red plush sofas create a cosy and intimate atmosphere. Sinema Theatre serves as the perfect venue for these events:
The daring German filmmaker Werner Herzog once walked a thousand miles to propose to a woman. He once plotted to firebomb his leading man’s house and once ate his own shoe to square a bet. He once got shot in the stomach during a TV interview, then insisted on finishing. […]
The myth of his movies was compounded by the myth of Herzog himself; over time he became almost as famous for the stories of what happened during the making of his movies as for the movies themselves, particularly the two he made in the Peruvian Amazon, Aguirre and Fitzcarraldo. Fitzcarraldo took several years to complete and was beset by obstacles, and its on-screen story—the tale of an ambitious delusional man with a crazy dream to carry a ship from one river to another over a jungle-covered mountain—seemed to also become the story of its making. (Characteristically, Herzog decided that the best way to film a ship being moved over a mountain deep in the rain forest was to actually move a ship over a mountain deep in the rain forest, and film it.) From such stories, and from the intense and obsessive man Herzog seemed to be in the interviews he would give back then, the perception grew that he might genuinely be crazy.
Is it possible to feel rich without possessions? Can you live happily without money? In the documentary Living Without Money, we meet the German woman Heidemarie Schwermer who made a deliberate choice to live without money 14 years ago.
Update! The first show sold out, so Sinema’s having a second screening at 730pm this Saturday. Remember entry is by barter (though you might need a dollar to book online). About 130 seats left as I’m writing this. Ticketing details here!