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Directed by Nijla Mu’min • 2018 • United States
Starring Zoe Renee, Simone Missick, Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Summer (Zoe Renee) is a seventeen-year-old Black girl who reevaluates her identity when her mother (Simone Missick) converts to Islam. Summer is particularly fascinated by Islam’s teachings about the Jinn, supernatural beings who occupy a parallel world. When Summer meets fellow Muslim Tahir (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), she is further drawn to the religion. As Summer and Tahir build a connection based on laughter, curiosity, and beef pepperoni, a budding attraction ignites, causing a conflict between desire and piety. Subverting prevailing stereotypes surrounding Islam, Nijla Mu’min’s luminous coming-of-age portrait—winner of a Special Jury Prize at South by Southwest—captures a young Muslim woman’s inner awakening in all its wonder and complexity.