Filmmaker Nijla Mu’min is currently raising production funds for her first feature film, Jinn, via Kickstarter with a campaign goal of $25,000. The project has been selected as a Kickstarter Staff Pick.
Based loosely on the filmmaker’s experiences surrounding her upbringing in a black, half Islamic home, Jinn is a coming of age narrative feature about “a 17 year old carefree black girl named Summer whose world is turned upside down when her mother abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person which prompts Summer to reevaluate her own life and identity. Summer initially resists Islam, but then becomes drawn to its teachings particularly around a ‘Jin’ which in Islam are supernatural beings who occupy another world and have free will. Summer soon comes to realize that the religion is more complex than she thought, and that people interpret it in different ways.”
Mu’Min is a writer and filmmaker whose past work has been recognized by the Sundance Film Institute, Urban World Film Festival, and the Princess Grace Awards. Her 2011 short film Two Bodies has screened at festivals across the country, including the Pan African Film Festival, Outfest, Frameline and Newfest. Jinn will shoot in Los Angeles this summer. The contributions from the Kickstarter campaign will ensure that this film makes it into production covering the cost of locations, permits, and wardrobe design, in addition to crew and cast fees. Topher Osborn, the cinematographer of Dear White People will serve as the Director of Photography for this film.
“I am making this film because I am tired of seeing the same old recycled images of Muslims when I turn the TV on, when I google search them. None of those Muslims reflect the ones I know or grew up with. When a group of people are routinely painted with one sinister brush, it becomes okay to dehumanize them and strip them of their rights. I am not okay with that.” – Nijla Mu’min, Filmmaker
The script can be currently read on The Black List.
Check out the video pitch below, and support this project’s Kickstarter campaign HERE