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‘Signature Move’ Shows a Young Woman Finding Love (and the Perfect Body Slam Technique)

'Signature Move' Shows a Young Woman Finding Love (and the Perfect Body Slam Technique)

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Signature Move

Logline: A Pakistani woman who takes care of her TV-obsessed mother, seeks her identity in love and wrestling.

Elevator Pitch: 
This is a romantic comedy meets coming-of-age story about Zaynab, a Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian who takes care of her sweet, TV-obsessed mother and is seeking her identity in love and wrestling. Zaynab has some secrets from her mother, that she is falling in love with a Mexican woman named Alma and that she is taking wrestling classes from a former WWE wrestler.

Production Team:
Director: Jennifer Reeder
Producers: Fawzia Mirza, Brian Hieggelke, Eugene Sun Park
Executive Producers: Brian Hieggelke, Nabeela Rasheed
Director of Photography: Christopher Rejano
Co-Writer: Lisa Donato
Cast: Fawzia Mirza (rest of casting TBD)

About the Film:
I believe in the power of storytelling across my various identities: Muslim, Pakistani, queer, female. A powerful way of connecting across communities and creating change is through art and comedy, showing vulnerability and humanness of all people. The more we change the narrative for our communities, especially given our current political climate, the less we are “them” and the more we all become “us.” “Signature Move” is a film written by women, directed by a woman, about women of color, Muslims and Mexicans. It’s about love, wrestling, the city of Chicago and relationships between mother/daughter, grandmother/granddaughter, mentor/mentee, and lovers.

Current Status: Crowdfunding and pre-production.

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