Publisher/Manufacturer: Peace Films LLC Product specifications: Approximate Running Time : 100 Minutes Item type: DVD
Pulled between his strict Muslim upbringing by his father and the normal social life he’s never had, Tariq Mahdi (Evan Ross) enters college in a state of confusion. New relationships with Muslims and non-Muslims alike challenge his already shaken ideals, and the estrangement with his mother (Nia Long) and his sister troubles him. Slowly, he begins to find himself with the help of new friends and mentors, but when the attacks of 9/11 happen without warning, he is forced to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life.
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Mooz-lum is a 2010 American independent film written and directed by Qasim "Q" Basir and starring Danny Glover. Mooz-lum tells the story of an African American Muslim family whose lives are changed by 9/11 and its aftermath. The film was initially promoted primarily through social media, before opening for its limited theatrical release on February 11, 2011.
in 2004, aspiring director Qasim "Q" Basir happened to cross paths with one of the best in the profession, Spike Lee, in his Detroit hometown. Basir asked him for guidance on how to succeed in the industry. Lee simply replied, "Write a good script, man."
Basir, now 30, followed Lee's simple advice, which led him to eventually write, and direct his first full-feature film, Mooz-lum, starring Nia Long, Danny Glover, Evan Ross and Roger Guenveur Smith. Partnering with AMC and Eventful, the film was released nationally in February 2011.
Mooz-lum is based on the trials of Tariq Mahdi (Ross), a Muslim-American boy who struggles to find his identity while enduring the forces of his strict father, other Muslims, and non-Muslims who are pulling him in different directions.
"I said 'yes' immediately and wanted to make sure I represented Muslim women properly," Long said. "A piece like this sheds light on an area of life that we may not really know and have never seen portrayed on the screen, and that is what really attracted me to the part."
According to the film's Web site, Mooz-lum embraces four words: "Forgiveness, Tolerance, Hope and Identity." Basir said, "I hope this film is well-received and it opens minds, because right now, there is an immense amount of ignorance surrounding Islam and Muslim people and I just want to put a human face on it."