: Tariq, played by Evan Ross
, is just entering college and is reinventing himself without Islam. Born and raised Muslim, he rejects his background, but after the horrors of 9/11 Tariq is forced to confront his roots, family and religion.
made its debut at the 14th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival
. In many ways, the film is a first of its kind, exposing the prejudice many Black Muslims faced post-September 11th. Starring Evan Ross as Tariq, this is a movie that is sure to spark a discussion about fear of Islam. Directed by Qasim “Q” Basir
, there is a clear vision to educate with some of the movie-making flaws redeemed by the powerful, often ignored content.
Believe it or not, Mooz-Lum
has no political agenda. While you might think a movie that has 9/11 and Islam as part of the plot will be packed with politics, it’s not. This is a film about family. Evan Ross bears the weight of making this a universal experience and he succeeds. The boy has proven he has some acting chops, but I would be interested to see him in something else outside of the dark, mildly depressed characters we’ve seen him play in the past few years such as Life Support
and Life Is Hot In Cracktown
. But, Mooz-Lum
is another acting home run for Diana Ross
delivers the best acting of her career as a Muslim mother who leaves her husband because he is more obsessed with his religion than family. We all know the Hollywood veteran can act, but she breaks through with some extreme emotionality that we haven’t seen since her Boyz N the Hood
days. Every time she wasn’t on the screen, she was missed.
stumbles here and there with some weak acting moments from the more unseasoned cast members. However, this is a memorable and important flick that I hope gets the attention it deserves.