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15 July 2016

Nijla Mu’min’s “Jinn”, A Film About Identity, Islam and First Love

Nijla Mu’min’s “Jinn”, A Film About Identity, Islam and First Love

In a time of mounting fear and misunderstanding of Islam and Muslims, in the West, Nijla Mu’min’s film, Jinn attempts to show a realistic side based on her own experiences growing up in the East Bay Area in the United States. As a filmmaker she wants to tell “stories about black girls and women who find themselves between worlds and identities.” (Nijla Mu’min website)

Nijla Mu’min had this to say about why she made Jinn:

I am tired of seeing the same recycled images of Muslims when I watch the news, go online, or hear people talk about them in public. None of those Muslims resemble the Muslims I grew up with or know… I thirst for something different, so I created it. (Kickstarter)

Nijla Mu’min reached her $25,000 Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign goal in early 2016 with a pledge of $27,894 by 398 backers.

Jinn synopsis

In this millennial coming of age dramedy, a teen girl’s life is abruptly turned upside down when her mother converts to Islam, sending her on a quest for self-definition. A fun, fresh exploration of identity, Islam, first love, and millennial culture. 

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