Poster & SXSW 2018 Preview: Nijla Mu’min’s Jinn

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Poster & SXSW 2018 Preview: Nijla Mu’min’s Jinn
Posted by Wilson Morales

March 1, 2018

Making its World Premiere at the 2018 South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas is the upcoming drama​, ​Jinn, written and directed by Nijla Mu’min​.

The film stars Zoe Renee (​T​he Quad) as Summer, Simone Missick (Luke Cage), Hisham Tawfiq (​The​ Blacklist), Kelly Jenrette (​Gran​dfathe​red,​ ​Pitch), Kelvin Harrison​, Jr.​, ​(It Comes At Night, Monster, and​​ Mudbound), Damien D. Smith (The American Dream), and Dorian Missick (​Big Word​s, Monster).

Summer (Zoe Renee) is a carefree, black teenage Instagram celebrity whose world turns upside down when her mother Jade (Missick) abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person. At first resistant to the faith, she begins to reevaluate her identity after becoming attracted to a Muslim classmate (Harrison​, Jr.), crossing the thin line between physical desire and piety. The film is a timely, fresh look at identity, Islam, and first love in contemporary Los Angeles.

Avril Z. Speaks of Sweet Potato Pie Productions is producing with Elton Brand, Mike C. Manning, ​Simone Missick, and Angela Harvey​ (​Teen Wolf) serving as executive producers, and Morgan’s Mark Productions serving as co-producers.

Mu’min, a Sundance Institute Fellow, will make her feature directorial debut with JINN. She pitched the film at the the Film Independent Fast Track Film Market, and was the recipient of a Panavision New Filmmaker Camera Package. She studied at the California Institute of the Arts (Calarts), and her short films have screened in festivals across the country. She was the winner of a 2014 Best Screenplay Award from BET for her script, NOOR.


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