|Directed by||Qasim "Q" Basir|
|Produced by||Peace Film|
|Written by||Qasim "Q" Basir|
Roger Guenveur Smith
|Distributed by||CodeBlack Lionsgate (US) Rising Pictures (Australia)|
|Box office||$369,129 (USA)|
Mooz-lum is a 2011 American independent film written and directed by Qasim "Q" Basir and starring Danny Glover. Mooz-lum (i.e. "Muslim") tells the story of an African American Muslim family whose lives are changed by the September 11 attacks and their aftermath. The film was initially promoted primarily through social media, before opening for its limited theatrical release on February 11, 2011.
Amid a strict Muslim rearing and a social life he has never had, Tariq Mahdi (Evan Ross) enters college confused.
New peers, family and mentors help him find his place, but the 9/11 attacks force him to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life.
The movie was filmed in Southeastern Michigan. Although the college attended by Tariq is never explicitly identified, most of the college scenes were filmed on location on the campuses of the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. The mosque scene was filmed at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan.
As of January 14, 2015, Mooz-lum has received an overall rating of 78% from all critics (7 fresh and 2 rotten) at Rotten Tomatoes. Film critic Omer Mozaffar calls the film "a long awaited breath of fresh air." at RogerEbert.com.
Awards and honors
- 14th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival 2010—Best Narrative Feature
- Chicago International Film Festival 2010—Official Selection
- 34th Cairo International Film Festival—Official Selection
- LA Times review
- ‘MOOZ-lum’ arrives in theaters
- Variety review
- New Film Spotlights Discrimination Against Muslim Students[permanent dead link]
- "Mooz-lum". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved Jan 14, 2015.
- ""MOOZLUMS" HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A LONG TIME". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
- Basir, Qasim. "I Am a Muslimerican". The Huffington Post, August 19, 2010.
- "Film 'Mooz-lum' Confronts Public Perceptions of Islam", Tell Me More, National Public Radio, September 20, 2010.
- ""Mooz-lum": faith flourishing in freedom" - Contending Modernities, February 17, 2011.