Writer, director Nijla Mu’min, whose first feature, Jinn, won SXSW’s Special Jury Recognition for writing, has officially signed with talent agency APA.

Jinn, based loosely on the filmmaker’s Black and half-Islamic upbringing, is a coming of age tale 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, 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.”

The film made it’s debut at SXSW, and stars Zoe Renee (The Quad) and Luke Cage’s Simone Missick.

Mu’min’s 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, and was selected to attend Film Independent’s 2016 Fast Track program.  She was also 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.

We are excited to see what’s in store for this up and coming filmmaker as she is well on her way to becoming a powerhouse director! Congrats to Nijla Mu’min on this major accomplishment!.