NAZ & MAALIK
2015. US. 89 min. Directed by Jay Dockendorf.
NAZ & MAALIK centers around two closeted Muslim teens living in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn whose daily mix of family responsibilities, street life, and raging hormones is interrupted by an undercover FBI agent who suspects them as terrorists. For tonight’s presenter, New York Times bestselling author David Barclay Moore, the film challenges many clichés of gay coming-of-age storylines associated with its genre. “Black queer people navigate our lives while wearing a multitude of masks, depending upon their circumstances,” Moore writes. “The two young actors in this film portray a wide variety of emotion and perspective throughout, helping it feel sympathetic, real, and timely.”