It was double the awards for Nijla Mu’min’s feature debut Jinn at the the 7th annual Blackstar Film Festival.  Mu’min and her team walked away with Best Narrative Feature and the Audience Award!

Jinn stars Zoe Renee and Luke Cage’s Simone Missick, and 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 received SXSW’s Special Jury Recognition for writing earlier this year.

Considered by some as the “Black Sundance” BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day festival that celebrates black traditions, black people and black arts by showcasing films by black people from around the world. In previous years, directors Ava DuVernay and Spike Lee have come to speak and share their craft with festival attendees.

Mu’min recently signed with the agency CAA, and also directed an episode of Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar.  We are excited to see the rise of this brilliant new director, and can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!

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