Naz & Maalik
Directed by Jay Dockendorf
Two closeted Muslim teens hawk goods across Brooklyn and struggle to come clean about their sexuality, as their secretive behavior leads them unknowingly into the cross-hairs of the War on Terror.
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★★★★ review by Emily Barton on Letterboxd
is it just me or does everyone watch the protagonists of films like "please protect my babies"
★★★½ review by Haley Goetz on Letterboxd
You know, I thought it was alright. It certainly lagged in a lot of places narrative-wise, but I did think that the languid storytelling certainly worked its magic at points. The ending especially did it for me.
★★★½ review by amb on Letterboxd
In its best moments, this has a remarkable energy. Really any time Naz & Maalik are on screen together, this surges. It's a startlingly authentic feeling depiction of a friendship that might be something more. It's just a shame that it all comes to a grinding halt every time a family member or FBI agent pops up on screen with some drama to interrupt them.
★★★★ review by chiaroscura on Letterboxd
this movie was really interesting? i liked the way it was filmed, it worked both to replicate everyday life and to make it feel like naz and maalik were still being watched by the fbi. i especially liked the natural conversations between the two of them. overall a good movie! although it definitely stressed me out in ways i didn't expect so that kinda reduced my enjoyment a slight bit even if i do really like its premise.
★★★½ review by Foggy Pebble on Letterboxd
Has a gentle and simple flow without becoming aimless or forgetting plots.
Aside from when they're in Naz's room/house or the subway, the movie is spent mostly out and about as we follow the two Muslin teens Naz and Maalik around their city together, trying to sell things they bought and occasionally coming upon strange people. They interact a lot, mostly discussing beliefs. Starts out sweet and innocent but gets tenser.
They deal with Islamophobia and homophobia.
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