This Monday, August 1st at 9pm The HBO Documentary Summer Series presents KORAN BY HEART.
There are 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, many of whom grapple with the role religion should play in their lives, and the lives of their children. Each year during Ramadan, more than a hundred of the best young students from more than 70 countries across the Islamic world converge on Cairo for Egypt?s International Holy Koran Competition, one of the Islamic world?s most prestigious contests. Some of the competitors are as young as seven, and several have memorized the entire 600-page Koran without actually speaking Arabic.
Directed by Greg Barker (HBO?s “Sergio”), the inspiring documentary KORAN BY HEART captures the drama of the 2010 edition of this annual event, following three extraordinary ten-year-olds who have dedicated their lives to honoring their families, countries and culture through memorization of the religious text.
KORAN BY HEART debuts on MONDAY, AUGUST 1 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO