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Mooz-Lum

Danny Glover , Nia Long , Qasim Basir    DVD
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Following a rigid upbringing under his strict Muslim father, troubled young Tariq enters college determined to shed his Islamic past. Mentors, new friends and family members attempt to help him embrace the positive side of his dying faith, but Tariq refuses to listen. However, when the 9-11 terrorist attacks incite violence towards Muslims across the country, Tariq is forced to come to terms with his childhood demons and reevaluate the role of faith in his life.

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"A potent feature debut" -- Kevin Thomas, LA Times

"heartfelt" -- Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter

"riveting…well-crafted…thought-provoking" -- Omar P.L Moore, Popcorn Reel

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4.0 out of 5 stars Timely, Moving , Important Sept. 11 2011
By Grady Harp TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Today is September 11, 2011, a propitious time to view this small scale but important film based on a true story by the writer and director Qasim Basir. It presents in a very underplayed manner the Muslim generation who were also part of the tragedy ten years ago. The film is an excellent reminder of how important it is to view America as a true melting pot, the citizenry of peoples of all races, nationalities, religions - every one who is a part of this country was at one time an immigrant and struggled. It is our history and we need to consider it at all times but especially now.

Tariq (played as a young boy by Jonathan Smith and as a young man by Evan Ross - 23 year old son of artist Diana Ross) is from a strict Muslim family: his father Hassan (Roger Guenveur Smith) wears a thobe and taqiyah and is immersed in his religion and culture while his mother Safiyah (Nia Long) wears traditional Muslim hijabs and body covering garments but is not as strict in her beliefs as Hassan, They also have a daughter Taqua (Kimberley Drummond). Hassan forces Tariq leave home study and to go to a Muslim school much against Safiyah's wishes. At the school he is beaten by a cruel instructor and suffers taunting when he finds interest in a Catholic girl. Time flips ahead and Hassan is driving Tariq to college where Hassan has demanded a Muslim roommate for Tariq - Hamza (Kunal Sharma) who is a traditional Muslim but when Tariq requests his privacy and to be called T, Hamza willingly complies. Tariq is clearly in a state of anxious confusion about who he is and how to deal with the demands of his father and the experiences of his Muslim schooling.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evan Ross Gives a Captivating Performance March 2 2011
By L. Boki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
In his 8th released indie movie, Evan Ross continues to expand his body of work with this practically non-verbal performance that demonstrates what a great actor he continues to shape up in being.

The story is two fold, one about a young man's journey to find his religious/spiritual foundation and the 2nd part focuses on our knee-jerk reaction to a lot muslims after 9/11. Though this could have been an exercise in futility, Evan makes you believe in the character, a true story of the director/writer's experience.

When I saw it in San Francisco, the theater had several religious-garbed muslims in attendance. You could feel the anxiety and tension during some of the more controversial parts like a venture into a madrasa and then the American-fear element after 9/11.

It is a film that should be part of any theological study or investigation of the muslim tradition.

Highly recommend it!
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome March 4 2011
By Tee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie is breathtaking. I am not muslim but my daughter's father is and it touched me. I wish they made this movie years ago. It really made me feel what muslims in america go thru on a daily basis and also during the 9/11 attacks and how unfairly they were treated. I saw myself in Evan's character in my own quest for religion. I hope it comes on dvd very soon. Every muslim needs to see this movie.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful!! March 9 2011
By Cedric D. Voss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I went to see this movie and there were only 5 people in the audience. I think one person fell asleep but the rest of us were lifted by the movie. I think we should all take the time out to see this one. Not just because of 9/11 but for tolerance.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Muslim American Viewpoint June 17 2011
By AZOMAMA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
As a Muslim American I was very impressed to see this movie come out in main stream theatres. I enjoyed the film and was able to relate to the family portrayed in the movie. Though their situation is not representative of every Muslim's situation after 9/11, it gave a very frightening scenario which could have certainly happened at that time. I enjoyed being able to relate to something on the big screen and I applaud the producers of this film and hope there will be more Muslim American films which describe more aspects of our struggles to fit into American society. A must see for all!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to see this film for awhile now July 8 2011
By Shamontiel L. Vaughn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
The creator of this film was on "Real Time with Bill Maher," and after his interview I immediately wanted to see this film. I hadn't heard much about it--either I missed out on promos or it wasn't advertised very well, and I'm betting on the latter. With major players like Danny Glover, Nia Long and Roger Guenveur Smith, I knew there'd be some great acting. Evan Ross has done an excellent job in every film he's been in no matter how dramatically different they are, from "90210" to "ATL" to this film.

The movie is based on a young boy (Tariq) who is being raised to be Muslim, but he's having such a hard time adjusting because kids (one in particular) are constantly teasing him about being different. The film sorta reminded me of a little boy I went to elementary school with who was a Jehovah's Witness. Clearly that's a different religion, but I immediately recognized the outsider treatment he got for being different. However, instead of just inquisitive children and the occasional mean-spirited joke, his father (Hassan played by Roger Guenveur Smith) was determined to have a Muslim son and sent him to a program to learn more about Muslim culture. I cringed a little bit because I was hoping "Mooz-Lum" wouldn't remind me of "Sleepers." As much as I loved the latter film, I cringed during the horrible memories those kids had. Thankfully this film didn't go that far, but the treatment he got in that school was horrendous.

By the time he'd returned home, he was a different person and wanted nothing to do with being a Muslim. Problem is his father made sure he had a Muslim roommate in college, his Muslim sister was still around wondering why her brother was always mad and one particular female wondered why he seemed so different than everybody else. And then September 11th hit and everything went even crazier.

Cons: While I certainly enjoyed the main family and the actors/actresses who played their roles, too many characters were lacking. The college fight scene was faker than the fight in the film "Daddy's Little Girls." I wish they would've played that up a little bit more and made us feel like it was really happening. Instead of feeling tense, I was disappointed that the instigators sounded like they were reading from a piece of paper. Dorian Missick (who played Professor Jamal) was really good, too, but I couldn't get into Tariq's neighbor's character. Something was a little too square about his character; I didn't really buy into Cedric (played by Vladimi Versailles) being an antagonist or running with the cool crowd.

Pros: The women in the film were really strong, and I didn't know any of them outside of Nia Long. From Tariq's sister Taqua (played by Kimberley Drummond) to the little girl at school Erin (played by Molly Paddock), I thought they did a great job for newbies (on the film scene anyway). But back to Evan Ross, he did such a good job at looking uncomfortable around women that he actually made me uncomfortable watching him. Instead of smiling about his alone time with Ayanna (played by Maryam Basir), I cringed and wanted it to be over quickly--that's a good thing. That means he did a convincing job.

I highly recommend this film. I think it would do some good for recreational movie watching as well as in the classroom.
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