Naz & Maalik

2016

Naz & Maalik (2016)

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In this riveting dramatic tale, gay teens Naz and Maalik are friends, classmates, business partners and lovers. As the two closeted Muslim teens go about their regular daily routine on a Friday afternoon in Brooklyn they arouse the suspicions of an undercover FBI agent who begins to track them. This complex tale of race, religion and sexuality features a pair of tremendous performances from Kerwin Johnson Jr. as Naz and Curtis Cook Jr. as Maalik. Intimate and meditative, Naz & Maalik examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.

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Cast

Annie Grier
as FBI Agent Sarah Mickel
Anderson Footman
as Daniel Al Azwar
Bradley Custer
as Gun Salesman/Cop
Nils Riess
as Homeless Man in Scrubs
Lucinda Carr
as Potion Angel
Bari Hyman
as Passerby #1
Deja Butts
as Passerby #2
Monee Potter
as Homeless Woman #1
James Roach
as Subway Bagman
Monciana Edmonson
as Maalik's Mom
Jonah Larrama
as Wounded Man
Stephen Tenner
as Emergency Cop
Sholanty Taylor
as Subway Girl
Nia Nicole
as Subway Girl
Allura Leggard
as Subway Girl
Tina Jetter
as Subway Girl
Meridian Terrel
as Subway Girl
Roy Phillips
as Mosque Congregant
Rich Bird
as Mosque Congregant
Khalif Topping
as Mosque Congregant
Doug Robbs
as Mosque Congregant
Dre Parker
as Mosque Congregant
Rich Powers
as Mosque Congregant
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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

Here is one more piece of the puzzle that is American life - a piece that has never made it to the screen before. You wonder how many others are missing.

Jan 29, 2016 | Full Review…
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There are some very good individual sequences, and Naz and Maalik's romance is vulnerable and touching, but the film doesn't hang together.

Jan 22, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Despite its deficiencies, "Naz & Maalik" feels authentic, and Mr. Johnson and Mr. Cook bring their characters completely alive.

Jan 21, 2016 | Full Review…

A refreshing and relevant cinematic representation, "Naz & Maalik" is an impressive debut for filmmaker and actors.

Jan 20, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Taken as a whole, "Naz & Maalik" is more of a curiosity piece than a magnet for any sort of discourse, let alone controversy.

Jan 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Naz & Maalik unfolds with a youthful vitality, bolstered by the charm of its lead actors.

Jan 20, 2016 | Full Review…

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