Summer is a carefree teenager whose world is turned upside down when her mother abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person. At first resistant to the faith, Summer begins to reevaluate her identity while falling for a Muslim classmate. As she and Tahir build a connection based on laughter, curiosity, and beef pepperoni, a budding sexual attraction ignites, causing a major conflict between physical desire and piety.

Nijla Mu'min is a writer and filmmaker named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2017. Her short films have screened at festivals and venues across the country. In 2014, she was selected for the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive, and she was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at the 2014 Urbanworld Film Festival, for her script “Noor.” Mu’min’s debut feature film, “Jinn,” premiered in narrative competition at the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival, where she won the Special Jury Recognition Award for screenwriting. Her short film “Dream” was acquired by Issa Rae Productions for online streaming in 2017 and has amassed over 70,000 views to date. She is a 2013 dual-degree graduate of CalArts MFA Film Directing and Writing Programs. “Queen Sugar” marks her directorial debut for television.

Grand Lake Theatre
October 3 • 7:30PM Sold Out

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November 10 • 7:00PM

Pay What Makes You Smile

Genre: Drama
Year: 2018
Length: 93'
Nation: United States
Language: English
Director: Nijla Mu'min

"Because black girls are no different from white girls or Asian girls or Hispanic girls or Native American girls; we all go through the same questions of self-worth and sexuality and identity."