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DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | 77 MIN | 2011

KORAN BY HEART

One of Islam's most revered traditions, Koran recitation reaches its pinnacle at the world's preeminent recitation competition in Cairo, where Muslim children come from across the globe to perform in front of a panel of prominent judges. Contestants as young as seven are ranked against kids more than twice their age for both their comprehensive memorization of the 600-page text as well as their improvised melodies. A diverse spectrum of Muslims competes for top prize: Ten-year-old Senegalese entrant Djamil navigates the competition alone while his community anxiously awaits his results; Rifdha, from a small island in the Maldives, enters as one of the competition's few female participants; and Nabiollah, from rural Tajikistan, mesmerizes judges with his angelic voice in spite of not speaking Arabic.

Following these talented youngsters from their intense preparation regimes through the rigorous rounds of the tournament, director Greg Barker creates both an inspirational competition film and an engaging survey of the unique experiences of Muslim children throughout the world, using the cultural crossroads of the international competition to examine the issues facing of the next generation of Muslims.

Film Information
Year: 2011
Length: 77 minutes
Language: Arabic, Dhivehi, English, Tajik, Wolof, Buck
Country: USA, U.K.
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Greg Barker
Producer: Julie Goldman, John Battsek, Greg Barker
Editor: Langdon F. Page
Director of Photography: Frank-Peter Lehmann
Executive Producer: Shelia Nevins, Nancy Abraham
Composer: Claude Chalhoub
Co-Producer: Chetin Chabuk, Christopher Buchanan
Line Porducer: Diane Becker
Press Contacts

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Dan Selig
HBO Worldwide Distribution
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212.512.1266
dan.selig@hbo.com

Sales Contact
Dan Selig
HBO Worldwide Distribution
New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212.512.1266
dan.selig@hbo.com

About the Director(s)
GREG BARKER is a former war correspondent who has worked in more than 50 countries. His films include the award-winning Ghosts of Rwanda and several other investigative films for PBS' Frontline. He directed and produced the award-winning documentary Sergio, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Oscar® and nominated for an Emmy.

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