“What is identity? What are the values, ideology and practices that makes us who we are?” ‘Jinn’ follows Summer, a 17-year-old carefree teenage girl whose world is turned upside down when her mother abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person. “My mother is becoming someone who I don’t know.”
“It’s like official now no turning back.” At first resistant to the faith, everything seems to change — suddenly Summer is exploring religion, sexuality, identity, friendship as she begins to reevaluate her identity after becoming attracted to a Muslim classmate, crossing the thin line between physical desire and piety.
“So what makes us different from Jinn?” The feature debut from writer-director Nijla Mu’min the African American mother-daughter story is a coming of age film about identity, Islam & first love. The story of ‘Jinn’ is rooted in Mu’min’s experiences growing up in the Bay Area around Oakland but is not intended as an exact depiction of her life.
“I knew that I wanted to tell a story about this young girl who was impacted by her mother’s decision to convert to Islam and they’re both exploring who they are,” said Mu’min. “So it’s a coming of age story for Summer but it’s also for Jade to figure out who she wants to be religiously, spiritually and in her professional life.”
With a cast that includes Zoe Renee, Simone Missick, Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Hisham Tawfiq, Kelly Jenrette, Dorian Missick, Ashlei Foushee, Maya Morales, and Damien D. Smith ‘Jinn’ will have its world premiere as part of the narrative competition at the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival.
Looks interesting, don’t recall nothing quite like ‘Jinn’ before. Your Thoughts?
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