‘Among the Believers’ won two awards in New Zealand

WEB DESK: Among the believers – a documentary based on the controversial issue of Red Mosque – has bagged two international titles, “Best International Director” and a special mention in the “Best International Documentary” category.

Directed by Mohammad Naqvi and Hemal Trivedi,’ Among the believers’ won big at the Doc Edge, an international documentary film festival in New Zealand.

Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) have banned Among the believers in Pakistan as it is based on the chief cleric Molana Abdul Aziz but the board couldn’t stop it from making stream internationally.

Naqvi declared the big news at instagram:

The film depict the lives of two teenage students who have attended madrassas (Islamic seminaries) run by Aziz’s Red Mosque network. Throughout the film, their paths diverge: Talha, 12, detaches from his moderate Muslim family and decides to become a jihadi preacher. Zarina, also 12, escapes her madrassa and joins a regular school. Zarina’s education is threatened by frequent Taliban attacks on schools like her own.

Among the Believers has also been premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The International Documentary Association also wrote an open letter to CBFC, urging it to lift the ban by stating, “Documentary film-makers have the right to hold governments in their countries accountable.”