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Mooz-lum FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byQasim "Q" Basir
Produced byPeace Film
Written byQasim "Q" Basir
StarringDanny Glover
Nia Long
Evan Ross
Roger Guenveur Smith
Distributed byCodeBlack Lionsgate (US) Rising Pictures (Australia)
Release date
  • September 17, 2010 (2010-09-17) (Urbanworld Film Festival)
  • February 11, 2011 (2011-02-11) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1,200,000 (USA)
Box office$369,129 (USA)[1]

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.[2][3][4][5]


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.[6] Film critic Omer Mozaffar calls the film "a long awaited breath of fresh air." at[7]

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  2. ^ LA Times review
  3. ^ ‘MOOZ-lum’ arrives in theaters
  4. ^ Variety review
  5. ^ New Film Spotlights Discrimination Against Muslim Students[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Mooz-lum". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved Jan 14, 2015.
  7. ^ ""MOOZLUMS" HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A LONG TIME". Retrieved August 13, 2018.

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