Nijla Mu’min

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Nijla Mu'min is a writer and filmmaker from the East Bay Area. Named one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2017, she tells stories about black girls and women who find themselves between worlds and identities. Her work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, IFP, and Film Independent. 


Her short film Dream was acquired by Issa Rae Productions (Insecure, HBO) for online streaming. Her debut feature film, Jinn, premiered in narrative competition at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, where she won the Special Jury Recognition Award for screenwriting. The film was released by Orion Classics in November 2018. 


She recently directed an episode of Ava DuVernay's critically-acclaimed television series Queen Sugar. She currently writes for the upcoming Apple series, Swagger. She is a 2013 dual-degree graduate of CalArts MFA Film Directing and Writing Programs.