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