Pakistani Muslims, Lesbians, and Luchadora Wrestlers Have More in Common Than You Think. - No Film School | Premiering at this year’s SXSW, Signature Move is an indie comedy-drama co-written and starring Fawzia Mirza as Zaynab, a queer second generation Pakistani woman living in Chicago. Zaynab’s mother, delightfully played by Shabana Azmi (Midnight’s Children, Fire), has moved in after becoming a widow and spends her days glued to the couch watching Pakistani soap operas and occasionally peering outside with binoculars scouting for husband “potentials” for her semi-closeted daughter. When Zaynab meets and falls for Alma, an out Chicana woman who has a very different relationship with her immigrant mother, Zaynab must literally grapple with her choices in life and love—and grapple with a few tough women wrestlers too. Signature Move explores the parallel experiences of hyphenated American communities of colour through clever dialogue, tender moments, wrestling, and romance.
Signature Move | Jennifer Reeder | USA | 2017 | 80 min
Writer and cast member Fawzia Mirza in attendance
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