'Jinn' film explores being young, Black, Muslim and in love | KALW

'Jinn' film explores being young, Black, Muslim and in love

Sep 25, 2018

When you hear the term ‘Black Muslims’ what may come to mind is the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, or, if you’re from the Oakland, the controversial Your Black Muslim Bakery. Local filmmaker Nijla Mu’min wants to tell a different story.

Mu'min's latest film, "Jinn", is about a teenage girl, 17 year old Summer, who parties, dances, and explores love, all while trying to preserve the close bond with her mother, who just converted to Islam. Summer finds herself in two worlds that don’t always make sense together, but both bring her solace and excitement.

Mu'min is one of the directors of the popular TV show "Queen Sugar", her film won official selection at South by SouthWest, and it was named one of eight "standout films to see" by Vogue.

KALW's Hana Baba caught up with Nijla to talk about the film.