Charismatic cleric Abdul Aziz Ghazi, an ISIS supporter and Taliban ally, is waging jihad against the Pakistani state. His dream is to impose a strict version of Shariah law throughout the country, as a model for the world. A flashpoint in Aziz’s holy war took place in 2007, when the government leveled his flagship mosque to the ground, killing his mother, brother, only son and 150 students. With unprecedented access, Among the Believers follows Aziz on his very personal quest to create an Islamic utopia, during the bloodiest period in Pakistan’s modern history.
The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival in 2015 and garnered nearly universal acclaim from critics like the BBC, Washington Post, the Guardian, Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, LA Times, Times of India and several other esteemed publications. The film has been shown in over 90 film festivals worldwide in over 30 countries. It was also shown by the United Nations and the US State Department. It has won over 30 top awards and several nominations. It’s been broadcast in over 70 countries worldwide on television, including PBS, SBS-Australia and Al-Arabiya. It was shown theatrically in NY, LA, London and Italy.
Director/Producer/Editor Hemal Trivedi has been a Mumbai and New York City based filmmaker/editor for over a decade. She has edited films that have won one Oscar, three Emmys, seven Emmy nominations and a nomination for MTV Movie Awards. Hemal has won an Emmy for outstanding editing and nominations for Independent Spirits Awards and the Cinema Eye Award. Her key credits include Inshallah Democracy (Editor); This is Everything – Gigi Gorgeous (Editor); My Big Fat Bollywood Wedding (Producer / Director/Editor); Among the Believers (Producer / Director / Editor); Outlawed in Pakistan (Editor, Emmy 2014); Saving Face (Editor, Oscar 2012, Two Emmys 2013); Shabeena’s Quest (Director/Editor); Flying on One Engine (Editor); Laughter (Editor); When the Drum is Beating (Editor); and Beyond Mumbai (Director, Camera & Editor). She has produced and edited over 50 award- winning shorts for Odyssey Networks.
Emmy-winning filmmaker Mohammed Naqvi is also a fellow of the National Endowment of the Arts and American Film Institute’s Project 20:20 program. In addition, his work has received numerous awards including the Amnesty Human Rights Award, the United Nations Association Festival Grand Jury Award, and has been showcased at the Museum of Modern Art. Documentary credits include: Shame (Showtime), Pakistan’s Hidden Shame (Channel 4), Shabeena’s Quest (Al-Jazeera), and Terror’s Children (Discovery). Mohammed has produced two narrative feature films, Big River and I Will Avenge You Iago starring Giancarlo Esposito and Larry Pine. He is currently directing the narrative short Happy Things in Sorrow Times.