Islamabad, Pakistan is home to the infamous Red Mosque, whose leader Maulana Abdul Aziz Ghazi teaches the Koran and proselytizes for ISIS. Among the Believers follows Aziz as a political, religious, and local business influence, but also tells the stories of several of his young students. These children experience all the hardships of a young impoverished life in Pakistan, whether in the harsh tutelage of the madrassa, or trying to escape it for a secular education. While the film does not necessarily sympathize with Aziz and his teachings, it does provide much-needed context for the roots of extremism.
Among the Believers has debuted at Tribeca Film Festival. For more information, visit the film’s website.