'The Taqwacores' leads Asian representation at Sundance

January 6, 2010

That's not to say that there's zero Asian representation. In competition this year is Eyad Zahra's The Tacqwacores, a debut feature narrative on the Muslim-Hindu punk rock movement which is getting its own press as of late. Adapted from the novel by Michael Muhammad Knight, the film follows a young Pakistani American man who befriends a group of "misfits" all in the Tacqwacore Muslim punk scene.

In the Shorts program, Samina Akbari's The Visitors follows an Asian/White interracial couple living in a rat-infested dwelling. Other Asian filmmakers appear in the World Competition, including Lim Woo-Seong's Vegetarian, Anusha Rizvi's Peepli Live, and Lixin Fan's Last Train Home.

Good luck to all of the films in competition and may many of you get picked up for distribution so we have some alternatives to the Transformers franchise in 2010.


Sylvie Kim

contributing editor & blogger

Sylvie Kim is a contributing editor at Hyphen. She previously served as Hyphen's blog coeditor with erin Khue Ninh, film editor, and blog columnist.

She writes about gender, race, class and privilege in pop culture and media (fun fun fun!) at www.sylvie-kim.com and at SF Weekly's The Exhibitionist blog. Her work has also appeared on Racialicious and Salon.



Yo Sylvie! Thanks so much for the support! We'll miss you at the 'Dance...All the best, Ian Tran