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REELING: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival

Naz & Maalik

Directed by Jay Dockendorf

USA / 2015 / 86 mins / English


In this exciting debut, writer-director Jay Dockendorf focuses on a rarely seen aspect of LGBTQ culture. Naz and Maalik, two young black Muslim teens, spend the night together but realize that they must keep their relationship a secret. The following day they wander the streets of Brooklyn, awash in the glow of their new summer romance. But their bliss is short-lived when an undercover FBI agent mistakenly tags the young lovers as being involved in an illegal gun trade. The sweet promise of young love soon transforms NAZ & MAALIK into a serious, contemplative study of racism and religion in America. This film is co-presented by Affinity Community Services and The Ubuntu Center of Chicago.