It isn’t often you get a movie centered on two, young Muslim teens. It’s even more rare to have one that dips into themes of religion, homosexuality, and the war on terror, but “Naz & Maalik” is clearly no ordinary film. The debut feature from Jay Dockendorf offers a glimpse into a unique slice of New York City life, and today we have the exclusive trailer.
Starring Curtiss Cook, Jr., Kerwin Johnson, Jr., Annie Grier, Anderson Footman, Bradley Custer, and Ashleigh Awusie, the film follows the titular, closeted Muslim teens as they hustle lotto tickets, talk, make out, all while being trailed by FBI surveillance. Premiering at SXSW, our critic Katie Walsh called the movie “intimate, authentic, and…decidedly relevant in today’s current context.” “Naz & Maalik” also won Best LGBT Film at the Nashville Film Festival this year.
Wolfe Video will release the film on DVD and across digital platforms in January 2016. Watch below.