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A coming-of-age story distinguished by sensitivity and strong performances, Jinn heralds debuting writer-director Nijla Mu'min as a remarkable talent.



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Summer is a 17-year old carefree black girl, whose world is turned upside down when her mother, a popular meteorologist named Jade Jennings, abruptly converts to Islam and becomes a different person, prompting Summer to reevaluate her identity.


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  • Mu'min, who based "Jinn" in part on her own upbringing, approaches her protagonist's journey of self-discovery with a delicate sense of wonder and a striking lack of moral judgment.

    Sep 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Jinn holds several beautiful elements, especially in its central mother-daughter story.

    Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Jinn is a special little film, one that never lets its complicated, contradictory characters become abstractions, but instead revels in all the disparate elements that make them who they are.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Mu'min shows great sensitivity as a director, drawing a remarkably carefree and naturalistic performance from her young star that makes her sympathetic, even when her character is behaving in selfish and hurtful ways.

    Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

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  • There's nothing preachy about Jinn, even though Nijla Mu'min's elegant debut feature is about a teenager coming to terms with her mother's newly embraced religion.

    Nov 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Renee has a superhuman charisma. Yet the young actor makes audiences root for her while also allowing Summer to be rude and thoughtless.

    Mar 22, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Amy Nicholson

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