Writer-director Nijla Mu’min has been selected for the Panavision New Filmmaker Program for her first feature film Jinn – a narrative and exploration into identity, Islam and first love.
The Panavision New Filmmaker Program launched over 25 years ago, and loans film or digital camera packages (based on availability) on an ongoing basis to filmmakers for student thesis films, “low-budget” independent features, showcase reels, Public Service Announcements, or any other type of short not-for-profit project for little to no charge. The New Filmmaker Program has served hundreds of aspiring filmmakers. For more information on this program, click HERE.
Jinn is based loosely on Mu’min’s experiences surrounding her upbringing in a black, half Islamic home. It’s is a coming of age narrative feature that revolves around “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, but 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.”
“I am making this film because I am tired of seeing the same old recycled images of Muslims when I turn the TV on, when I google search them. None of those Muslims reflect the ones I know or grew up with. When a group of people are routinely painted with one sinister brush, it becomes okay to dehumanize them and strip them of their rights. I am not okay with that.” – Nijla Mu’min, Filmmaker
Mu’Min is a writer and filmmaker whose past 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. Topher Osborn, the cinematographer of Dear White People will serve as the Director of Photography for this film, and Avril Z. Speaks will serve as Associate Producer.
More information on the Panavision New Filmmaker Program can be found HERE.