FILM: NAZ AND MAALIK
Highlights the dangers Queer Black people have to factor before they come out in public
As part of our Black Romance in Film season, highlighting how Blackness and Romance can blend so beautifully and face troubles not seen in your “standard” romantic film.
Following a day in the life, height of a New York summer, two friends spend the day trying to hustle lottery tickets. Their rambling talks face off against each other’s negativity and positivity. Underneath their easy banter lies a more illicit tension between them as they try to make sense of their feelings for each other. This gets disrupted when they become part of an FBI investigation.
Naz and Maalik is a Black Gay Muslim romance in the vein of Before Sunrise, with the added tension of racial profiling that highlights the dangers Queer Black people have to factor before they come out in public.