TWO GODS
TWO GODS
TWO GODS
TWO GODS
the story of a Muslim casket maker who teaches two young men how to live better lives

TWO GODS

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE - New Orleans Film Festival | "SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - Montclair Film Festival

Islam • Muslims in America • People of Color / Black Narratives • Death + Grieving • Criminal Justice • Religion + Spirituality • Mental Health

Date of Completion: 2020 | Run Time: 82 minutes​​ | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: Zeshawn Ali | Producer: Aman Ali

Hanif is a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in Newark, New Jersey. He mentors two kids— Furquan, a confident 12- year-old who comes from a rough home, and Naz, a 17-year -old who has been fighting through his own struggles as a young black man growing up in Newark. Hardship comes when Furquan's home life becomes more turbulent and Naz gets caught up in a serious arrest. Hanif fears he has failed as a mentor and begins to fall into a downward spiral. During each of their darkest moments, they take what they’ve learned from their pasts and from each other to pull through. And through faith, brotherhood, and redemption they find their purpose.

The Hollywood Reporter
"A timely portrait of lives lost and redeemed." 

POV Magazine
"Two Gods is an astonishing and powerful debut by Zeshawn Ali. Presented in black and white, the story unfolds in shades of moral grey as we witness powerful characters who rise and fall when subjected to difficult circumstances. The film exudes humanity through every frame. The patience and precision of Ali’s craft elevates this sentiment ... The end result is an astonishing and beautiful debut by a rising talent. The film provides a wonderful glimpse at a community, one rocked by violence and turmoil, but still able to navigate through hope. As an audience, we are blessed with both the craft and the documentation of sublime empathy that Ali brings to the film."

Hammer to Nail
"Ali expertly gathers footage to profile the travails and personal growth of his protagonists. It’s a moving, profound odyssey."

Eye For Film
Two Gods "stands as a testimony to the importance of community support and the healing powers of the rituals that surround grief in any religion."

REQUEST A GOOD TALK WITH ZESHAWN ALI

Director of  TWO GODS

Zeshawn Ali was born and raised in Ohio and is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. He was a part of the directing team on the "30 Days Ramadan" series and recently released his first feature documentary film Two Gods, which received support from ITVS, Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute and Ford Foundation. It was also a selection at Hot Docs, Full Frame, BlackStar, DOCNYC and Camden Film Festivals and won the award for best documentary feature at New Orleans Film Festival. It will be premiering on broadcast on Independent Lens in 2021. He is a member of Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and Meerkat Media. He is currently based in New York. 

REQUEST A GOOD TALK WITH AMAN ALI

Producer of  TWO GODS

Aman Ali is an award-winning storyteller in New York City. He’s made appearances on dozens of media outlets including the NY Times, CNN, Buzzfeed, NBC News and HBO to tell stories about the Muslim American community. He is also one of the creators of 30 Mosques in 30 Days, a 25,000 mile road trip he took to all 50 States in the U.S. with the mission of telling profound stories about Muslims in America.