Congratulations to American Muslim filmmaker and writer Nijla Mu’min on her new film Deluge! Check out the trailer below and website, here.
Nijla Mu’min is a writer and filmmaker from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a 2007 graduate of UC Berkeley, and also attended Howard University’s MFA Film Program, where she was the recipient of the 2009 Paul Robeson Award for Best Feature Screenplay. She is a dual-degree MFA student in Film Directing and Writing at Calarts. Her short film Two Bodies has screened at festivals across the country, including the Pan African Film Festival and Newfest at Lincoln Center. Her writing appeared in The New York Times-featured book, Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, Bitch Magazine, and on Shadow and Act. She is the recipient of the 2012 Princess Grace Award Foundation, Cary Grant Film Award for her thesis film Deluge.
As I write this, my husband and I are hanging out over web cam in a corner of my 17” Macbook laptop. He lives in Texas, and I in California. It is a set-up we pretty much knew about before we got married, but even then much of my desktop is being taken over by a video editing timeline while we speak. This is my feeble attempt to multi-task so we can actually have some time together, uninterrupted, when I see him in two weeks.
As it is, being a filmmaker is a full-time job. In one year, however, I will be filming my first full-length feature film, a comedy called The Tiger Hunter. It’s a mainstream, commercial movie with potentially big actors, a hilarious script, interest from major distributors, and finally featuring a Muslim in a positive role. In that year, in order to succeed, I should think, breathe, and dream about my film. This, as one may guess, makes it very hard to have a normal marriage.