Nijla Baseema Mu’min is an award-winning writer and filmmaker from the East Bay. Her work is informed by poetry, photography, fiction and dance. Named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2017, she tells stories about black girls and women who find themselves between worlds and identities.
Her debut feature film, Jinn, won the Special Jury Recognition Award for Screenwriting. In 2018, she directed an episode of Ava DuVernay's critically-acclaimed television series "Queen Sugar.” In June 2018, she won the Best Screenplay award for Jinn at the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) and later won Best Feature at Blackstar Film Festival, among other honors.
Jinn is a coming of age story of a young woman, Summer, who's life is altered drastically when her mother introduces Islam into their lives. As a 17-year-old woman, Summer struggles to discover her own identity while also incorporating the new lifestyle her mother has chosen for them.
This is a very special opportunity to watch a recording of Nijla in a Zoom chat to learn more about her work as a director and writer, as well as to have the opportunity to hear advice about the filmmaking industry from one of the pros.
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