Written and Directed by Directed by Nijla Mu'min
Produced by Elton Brand, Angela Harvey, Jason Kampf, Mike C. Manning, Shandra L. McDonald, Amy McGary, Kristen McGary, Billy Mulligan and Tommy Oliver.
Cinematography by Bruce Francis Cole
Starring: Zoe Renee, Simone Missick, Hisham Tawfiq, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Dorian Missick.
Summary: Summer is a 17-year old carefree black girl, whose world is turned upside down when her mother, a popular meteorologist named Jade Jennings, abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person, prompting Summer to reevaluate her identity.
REVIEW: What a wonderful coming of age story featuring a brown girl as its lead. It’s not often I see an intelligent, heartwarming story about young black people that’s not about inner city crime and or its residual effects on black life. This film is about another aspect of black life, one that isn’t often explored in film and a religion that isn’t often politicized and or ‘weaponized” as a storytelling device in a spy/action movie–Islam.
|Left to right: Zoe Renee and Simone Missick|
|Zoe Renee (center) and Kelvin Harrison Jr. (right)|
Simone Missick (known as “Misty Knight” from Luke Cage, pictured below) as her mother is also great and gives a really heartfelt performance as a woman and mom who is evolving herself.
Everything about this picture succeeds because of the wonderful tone by writer/director Nijla Mu'min. This picture have really been heavy handed and trite or really maudlin, but never was. Beautifully shot by cinematographer Bruce Francis Cole, every scene, every shot perfectly escalated the story in a natural organic way.
This film is an achievement in every aspect and one of the best independent films I’ve seen this year!
Notes: I saw this film this past weekend at the 7th Annual Blackstar Film Festival in Philadelphia where this happened.
Special Jury Recognition for Narrative Feature Competition for Writing goes to Jinn written and directed by Niljla Mu’min. #SXSW pic.twitter.com/qS2ltszFWf— SXSW (@sxsw) March 14, 2018
UPDATE AUGUST 14, 2018
Orion Classics announced today [August 14, 2018] that they have acquired the North American and Latin American rights to Jinn. Orion Classics has set a theatrical release for the drama on Nov. 15 followed by a Nov. 16 release on VOD and Digital HD.–Deadline
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