Naz & Maalik - Black, Gay, Muslim Teens in New York

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    I stumbled upon a Huff Post Gay Voices review of this. Two black, Muslim teens navigate life in Brooklyn, hustling (by selling stuff, not their bodies) for money while exploring their mutual affection. Reviews from 2015 film festivals seem mixed, praising the characters, camerawork and authenticity while some state that the movie is somewhat shallow and the plot goes in disappointing directions. Variety says, "...what’s onscreen here feels observed rather than lived-in," possibly because it's written and directed by a white guy who based it upon interviews with Muslims regarding post-9/11 New York. It sounds like a decent way to spend 85 minutes. It will have a limited release in theaters on Friday, January 22 and a DVD and Video On Demand release the following week.

     
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    Some gay in my life would be lovely so I'll gander at this when it comes out.
     
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    I say this on Hulu's previews section a couple of weeks ago and had the feeling of wanting to watch it when it came out....but, when I just read "written and directed by a white director," I instantly lost interest.
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    I can understand that reaction. I think you should check it out anyway sometime if you get the chance. That bit of knowledge may have preemptively colored your perception of the movie. Maybe the filmmaker's race wouldn't have crossed your mind if you hadn't known. There aren't many black gay films and it'd be unfortunate to miss one because it comes from a non-black voice. It's kinda cool to see someone take the challenge of researching and engaging people of another culture since so many creators just stay in their lane and make what they know or what's familiar. If you ever see it, try to imagine how you would feel if you didn't know, though it may be difficult to do so.
     
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    I definitely want to check this out. It's giving me "My Brother the Devil," vibes so if this is anything as good as that, I'm sure I'll be pleased!

    Any NYC peeps want to check it out together on Friday or over the weekend?

     
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    I agree to a certain extent because I think everybody knows how I feel about black gay content creators....they're wack as hell.
     
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    I'd be interested in watching it because it seems like a really good and well told story. When I first heard about this film on CA sometime ago I had my reservations about it, but having watched the trailer I'm willing to give it a shot.
     
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    Looks super interesting. Would love to see this.
     
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    Okay, this is an interesting idea for a story.I like that we didn't see any graphic sex scenes.The angle of this being a legit love story and not two honry young boys in soft-core porn is attractive.
     
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    I've been waiting for this movie at the door, since when it was posted on Cypheravenue.com

    Will definitely be checking it out.
     
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    Is there a list of theaters that this film will be released in? If not will it be available on Hulu or Netflix anytime soon?
     
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    If you look on youtube under description it looks like it'll be available on DVD/VOD January 26th at Wolfe Video » Buy Naz & Maalik on DVD Now From WolfeVideo.com!
     
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