Released in 2015 and directed by Jay Dockendorf, Naz & Maalik is set over the course of a day in New York City, two closeted gay black Muslim teens go about their day under FBI surveillance. The film stars Curtiss Cook Jr., Kerwin Johnson Jr. and Annie Grier.
“I’m not Muslim,” explains the director. “To prepare to write the film, I went to mosques, interviewed Muslim friends and acquaintances, and did as much traditional research as possible to get to know the characters’ culture. I’m particularly indebted to Karen Armstrong’s Muhammad: a Prophet for Our Time and the UK’s Channel 4 documentary Gay Muslims.”