Nijla Mu’min’s short film Dream is featured on Issa Rae’s #ShortFilmSundays Youtube series, a series that spotlights a short film from a new creator every month.
Dream revolves around a 12-year-old girl who strives to rekindle her parent’s dwindling romance at her desert town’s annual carnival, and learns painful lessons about love in the process. Adapted from Mu’min’s short story, “The Carnival” this bittersweet family drama looks at dream and reality in the mind of a developing girl who waits for her truck-driving father to come home. The film stars Aramé Scott as Dream, Crystal Cotton as Tara, Ka’ramuu Kush as, Kobie Dozier as Rashawn, and Mayumi Rhone as Tanji.
Mu’Min, a California Institute of the Arts (Calarts) grad, is a writer and filmmaker whose past work has been recognized by the Sundance Institute, IFP, and the Princess Grace Foundation. She was the recipient of a Panavision New Filmmaker Camera Package, and her short films have been screened at festivals across the country. Mu’min recently directed her first feature, Jinn, starring Zoe Renee and Simone Missick (Luke Cage).