The 22nd Anniversary of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) announced the winners of their independent film awards on June 16th and actress Zoe Renee received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Performance by an Actor for her performance in Jinn. Jinn was written and directed by Nijla Mumin and stars Renee, Simone Missick, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Hisham Tawfiq, Kelly Jenrette, Ashlei Foushee, Damien Smith and Maya Morales.

Jinn revolves around a black teenage Instagram celebrity, beautifully played by Renee, whose world is disrupted when her mother Jade (Missick) suddenly converts to Islam and completely changes . Summer is at first hesitant to accept her mom’s decision but easily warms us to the idea when she becomes attracted to a Muslim classmate (Harrison​, Jr.), developing a relationship that increasingly grows closer to crossing the line. As described by Blackfilm.com, the movie is “timely, fresh look at identity, Islam, and first love in contemporary Los Angeles.”

The critically acclaimed film received Special Jury Recognition for Writing at SXSW and was a part of the BAMcinématek series New Voices in Black Cinema, and as stated above, recently screened at the American Black Film Festival in Miami.

Renee is also known for her role as Noni Williams on the BET original series The Quad.

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