Description: 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. The film debuts
MONDAY, AUG. 1 (9:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), the first night of the holy Muslim holiday
Ramadan, exclusively on HBO.