Muslim Punk

Muslim Punk
short movie about the Javanese youth culture. The short movie describes, how the youngsters making their hijrah (Arabic, means: be a better person), scenes were made in Jakarta, in Bandung and in Surabaya (Java, Indonesia)
translation Fisel Anggela
movie András Polgár

The punk scene stigmatized by rebellion and seeking unconditional ecstasy also suffered distortions due to the media, just like the Islam’s values and principles. It is frequently forgotten that the subculture of StraightXedge, also originating from hardcore punk, uses the self-control keywords of NO SMOKING, NO ALCOHOL and NO DRUGS to forward the message through the power of music.

The movement has also reached the Archipelago of Indonesia, which is the most populous Muslim country on the world, where 90% of the 260 million people are Muslims.

The Muslim Punk project aims to introduce the Indonesian punk scene. Outlining through personal stories how the energetic punk ideology can exist with the values of Islam’s inner calmness.

Supported by the József Pécsi Photography Grant and the Ministry of Culture and Education, Hungary in 2018.

  • András Polgár
    Tsunami You thief of land!
  • Anggela Fisel
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    14 minutes 28 seconds
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    December 1, 2018
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  • 2019 PhotoIreland Festival, MuseumTV, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2021 Punk Cinema Festival, Athens, Greece
Director Biography - András Polgár

András Polgár is a researcher who uses documentary photography and multimedia as tools to present positive stories and make dawah.

In his projects, he focuses on the topics of transition and Muslim identity. Since January 2015, he has been concentrating primarily on the Archipelago of Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country on Earth.

His long-term documentary project, ’To get Her FOREVER’ (2015-2021), examines his personal life in four chapters.

His multi-project, ’NUSANTARA’ collects three projects from three different islands of Indonesia investigating changes, at the same time all projects are related to his own personal transition process:

’My lovely sharia’ (Sumatra, 2019)

’Muslim Punk’ (Java, 2018-2019) and

’TransX – Changing identities in the island paradise of Bali’ (Bali, 2015-2019)

He is currently working in Indonesia parallel on his projects, ‘PERMANENT HOLIDAY’ and ‘Amanah’.

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