Nijla Mu’min

Nijla Mu’min is a writer and filmmaker from the East Bay Area. Named one of the 2017 “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker magazine, she tells stories about black girls and women who find themselves between worlds and identities. Her short films have screened at festivals across the country. Her filmmaking and screenwriting have been recognized by the Sundance Institute, IFP, Film Independent and the Princess Grace Foundation. In 2011, she worked as a Production Assistant on Ava DuVernay’s film Middle of Nowhere. Her debut feature film, Jinn, starring Zoe Renee and Simone Missick (Netflix’s Luke Cage), premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, where she won the Special Jury Recognition Award for Writing. Her short film Dream was acquired by Issa Rae Productions (Insecure, HBO) for online streaming. She is a 2013 dual-degree graduate of CalArts MFA Film Directing and Writing Programs. Her writing has appeared in VICE, Shadow and ActThe East Bay Express and The Los Angeles Times.


@KirkWrites79 It is so beautifully done. That episode had me in tears too

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The Myth of the Small Black Film

By Nijla Mu’min | June 24, 2020

The Myth of the Small Black Film

Jinn director Nijla Mu'min contemplates what “too small” means when it comes to Black filmmaking, and how this moment can shift that thinking.

Growing Pains

By Nijla Mu’min | April 25, 2018

Growing Pains

Nijla Mu'min makes no apologies for her African-American coming-of-age movie Jinn, which plays at BAM this weekend.