Why Nijla Mu’min is a Director to Watch

Filmmaker and writer Nijla Mu'min explores Muslim identity. Photo: Rashada St. Louis

Today on The Scene my guest is filmmaker and writer Nijla Mu’min. Mu’min’s short film “Two Bodies” has screened at festivals across the country, including the Pan African Film Festival, Outfest, Frameline and Newfest. Her writing appears in the critically acclaimed book Love InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, and she’s also written film and cultural criticism for VICE, Shadow and Act on the IndieWire Network, Bitch Media, Gawker, and The Los Angeles Times. She was a production assistant on Ava DuVernay’s film Middle of Nowhere and in 2012 she received the Princess Grace Foundation-Cary Grant Film Award for her short film “Deluge.” In 2014 she was one of ten writers selected for the Second Annual Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive, and she was also the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the 2014 Urbanworld Film Festival, for her script Noor. She recently directed her first feature length film Jinn, starring Simone Missick of Netflix’s Luke Cage.

Zoe Renee as Summer in Jinn

Jinn tells the story of a Black teenager who confronts questions about her life and her identity after her mother converts to Islam. The movie is currently in post-production, and if you’d like to support this important independent film, you can visit its GoFundMe page or follow it on social media.

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