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Naz & Maalik

Over the course of one day in Brooklyn, two teenage boys — black, Muslim, and in love — struggle to preserve their secret from their family and the F.B.I.

Last night, Naz and Maalik spent the night together for the first time. Still basking in the afterglow of taking their longtime friendship to the next level, the boys decide to skip school (surely not the first time for that) and spend the day together, hawking lotto tickets and dime store perfumes on a neighborhood street corner. It’s a benign hustle, but, when coupled with the fact that they are young devout black men in a world quick to judge, it’s enough to draw the attention of an Islamophobic F.B.I. agent. As the agent probes into their background and relationship, the boys must decide whether they are going to come out to their family and friends before their private life becomes public. Inspired in part by interviews he conducted with Muslims — including some closeted gays — in post-9/11 New York, filmmaker Jay Dockendorf effortlessly couples his beguiling portrait of a fresh teenage love with a serious look at racism and religion in contemporary America in this film hailed as one of the breakout hits of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival.

DIRECTOR: Jay Dockendorf
CAST: Curtiss Cook, Jr., Kerwin Johnson, Jr., Annie Grier, Anderson Footman, Bradley Custer, Ashleigh Awusie
LANGUAGE: English
COUNTRY: USA
YEAR: 2014
LENGTH: 85 min

IN COMPETITION: First Feature Award
Saturday, October 24
 

9:50pm EDT

 
Monday, October 26
 

5:10pm EDT