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Arts and Entertainment

LAist Film Calendar: Islamic Punks & Michel Gondry

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When you think of Islam, you probably don't picture mohawks and leather jackets. That may change after viewing The Taqwacores, a new film about a motley crew of New Yorkers that bring the music to Muhammad and crank it past 12.

These American-born artists take their faith very seriously (taqwa meaning a conscious obedience to Allah), while embodying the punk ethos of challenging authority and welcoming outsiders. Though The Taqwacores is fiction, its source material (originally distributed as a homemade zine) inspired a movement that threw the finger in the face of homophobic Imams and Western leaders alike. All while rocking a hijab.

The film opens this weekend at the Sunset 5, with triple threat Eyad Zahra and leads Noureen DeWulf & Bobby Naderi at the Friday evening show.

French auteur (that's what they call them over there) Jean-Luc Godard was offered an Oscar, but wouldn't come to America to pick it up. It's almost certainly because of the very '80s remake of his classic, Breathless. But it has Richard Gere, so who are we to judge?

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The Cinefamily features Breathless and another of Gere's '80s films, American Gigolo, as part of its Neon Noir series on Friday. The "Family" in Cinefamily, Family Bookstore, hosts a more appreciative Frenchman Thursday, when Michel Gondry appears for a signing of his new book/DVD, My New New York Diary.

The film is a hybrid from Gondry and French animator (that's what they call them over there) Julie Doucet, available only in this release, while the book chronicles every step of their collaborative creative process. If that isn't enough Gondry (fun fact: it isn't), he'll also lead a Q&A at the Friday evening screening of The Kids Grow Up with director Doug Block and daughter/subject Lucy at the Sunset 5.

Speaking of Q&A's, now is the perfect time to revisit LAist's interview with Marwencol director Jeff Malmberg, as the documentary opens this week at the Nuart.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

All Week

Thursday 11/11

Friday 11/12

Saturday 11/13

Sunday 11/14

That's all for this week. If only Clash was about the band The Clash, I would've had the perfect opening for a "Rock the Casbah" joke!