Filmmakers in person! Chicago premiere! Film Series : Black Harvest Film Festival 2018


2017, Nijla Mu'min, USA, 92 min. With Zoe Renee, Simone Missick.

Show Times

  • Sun, Aug 12th 5:15pm
  • Tue, Aug 14th 8:15pm

A lively 17-year old with a passion for fashion and social media has her world upended when her divorced, spiritually drifting mother Jade (Missick), a TV meteorologist, converts to Islam, bringing her daughter Summer (Renee of THE QUAD) into the fold by default. Ever-curious, Summer at first gamely adopts the hijab as a new adventure, sweetened by a budding friendship with the Imam's handsome son, but missteps, doubts, and reflection come later. Director Mu'min underlines the jinn reference of the film's title, portraying this bright young woman as a quicksilver spirit slipping through many transformations as she seeks to find her real self-image and her own place in the order of things. Actress Zoe Renee shines with genuine star power in a characterization that is vibrant, believable, and full of heart. DCP digital. (BS)

August 12: Director Nijla Mu'min, actress Zoe Renee, and producer Avril Z. Speaks are scheduled to appear for audience discussion.

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