After the successful launch of her debut feature Jinn, director Nijla Mu’min has signed a deal with CAA.

Jinn received SXSW’s Special Jury Recognition for writing, and stars Zoe Renee and Luke Cage’s Simone Missick. Jinn follows Summer (Renee), a 17-year-old girl whose burgeoning identity is challenged when her mother (Missick) makes the decision to convert to Islam.

The film was also a part of the BAMcinématek series New Voices in Black Cinema, screened at American Black Film Festival in Miami, and is set to screen this weekend at BlackStar Film Festival.  Recently, Mu’min directed an episode of the OWN hit series Queen Sugar.  Her work has been recognized by the Sundance Film Institute, Urban World Film Festival, and the Princess Grace Awards, and she was selected to attend Film Independent’s 2016 Fast Track program.  Last year, Mu’min was selected to attend the Sundance Institute Sound and Music Design Lab at Skywalker Ranch and was named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2017.

In an interview earlier this year, Mu’min shared, “while my talent and skills are abundant, it is really my hard work that has spurred my success. I know I am making movies and telling stories for people who look like me, and I don’t allow anything or anyone to stop me from making this content.”  She continued, I do this through low or no-budget filmmaking, through community-building, through networking, through working with organizations and film festivals that cater to content for people of color and women, and through writing my own stories into existence.”

Mu’min’s journey shows that achieving your goals in this industry is possible, and we are excited to see what’s in store for this talented filmmaker as she is well on her way to becoming a powerhouse director!

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