Debut feature filmmaker Jay Dockendorf is putting a fascinating spin on current conversations about privacy, sexuality and religious freedom with “Naz and Maalik.”
The film, which premiers next week at SXSW, examines how two closeted Muslim teens have their Friday afternoon ruined by FBI surveillance when their small-time scheming sets an agent on their trail. Set over the course of a single day in Bed-Stuy, “Naz & Maalik” explores the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds, 10 years into the War on Terror.
Alternately timely, authentic and important, the film is one of the more highly-anticipated screenings of SXSW. The exclusive poster above showcases the film’s titular heroes surrounded by snapshots of the New York City subway.
“Naz and Maalik” screens on March 14.