Koran By Heart
Produced for HBO, this feature-length documentary visits the world’s oldest Koran memorization contest, which takes place each year in Cairo, drawing Muslim children from as far as the Maldives and Tajikistan to perform before a panel of prominent judges. Tracking talented youngsters from intense preparation through the rigorous rounds of the tournament, the film offers an in-depth look at the unique experiences and aspirations of Muslim children throughout the world. A selection of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Many thanks to ITVS and the Hartley Foundation for initial funding and support.