“A superb documentary that offers an unfettered look at life inside and surrounding the extremist Red Mosque madrassa system… at once deeply scary when it comes to what it may presage about the future, and thoroughly enlightening.” - AM New York
“Though the directors don’t shy away from describing the pain wrought by the Red Mosque… they also provide a look at Pakistanis fighting to pull their country back from the disturbing path it’s gone down.”
“With uncommon access, this gripping documentary about the notorious Red Mosque — a religious organization that runs a network of jihadist madrassas in Pakistan — reveals how those preaching zealotry, intolerance, and repression can insinuate themselves into desperately poor, hungry communities.”
“Revelatory and troubling, Among the Believers probes into the origins of religious violence” “There’s enough cinema in Among the Believers to set it a step above solid respectable investigation. Production values are excellent – sometimes elegant — for a subject that has put cameramen and a lot of Pakistan on the run.”
“There’s enough cinema in Among the Believers to set it a step above solid respectable investigation.”
– David D’Arcy
“Among the Believers” takes viewers to the frontlines of an ideological battle playing out in the Islamic world that receives little coverage in the Western media.”
“Among the Believers excels at capturing the personalities and ideologies behind this vital struggle for the hearts and minds of Pakistan's children.” - Slant
“Pakistan's infamous Red Mosque, seen from the inside… Taking Western audiences into communities we can hardly be expected to understand solely through conventional news coverage, Among the Believers goes to school where young Pakistanis' elementary education focuses less on basic life skills than on instilling a militaristic, extreme interpretation of the Koran.” — The Hollywood Reporter
"Defined by its jaw-dropping access, Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi’s sobering new documentary drops viewers into the heart of an organization known as the Red Mosque, a network of madrassas that aims to spread its jihadist ideology by targeting the most vulnerable Pakistanis: lower-class children." - Time Out New York
“With unprecedented access to major players, this documentary clearly follows the bloody power struggle between Muslim extremists and secular leaders for control of Pakistani children’s education.”
“The bloody power struggle between Muslim extremists and secular leaders for control of Pakistani children’s education receives clear, dramatically up-close expression in “Among the Believers.” “chills to the bone.” - Variety
Tom Brook discusses the festival with BBC Culture film critic Owen Gleiberman and Aisha Harris, culture writer for Slate.
Directors Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi speak with the BBC about the political divide in Pakistan.
Director Hemal Trivedi speaks with IndieWire about the premiere of "Among the Believers" at Tribeca Film Festival