Visit Films has licensed North American rights to The Taqwacores to Strand Releasing and French rights to Bac Films ahead of its weekend slot at SXSW.

The film recently had its market premiere at EFM following the world premiere in Sundance and follows a group of devotees of the underground muslim punk rock scene in the US.

Eyad Zahra directed and co-wrote with Michael Muhammad Knight. The film stars Bobby Naderi, Noureen Dewulf and Dominic Rains and features music by Taqwacore band The Kominas with an original score by Omar Fadel.

Visit’s Ryan Kampe negotiated the deal with Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing. Strand plans an autumn theatrical release. The French deal was done with Bac’s Roch Lener.