SIGNATURE MOVE

Running Time: 79 min

Jennifer Reeder
Director

United States
Country

English
Language

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Film Website


Grand Jury Prize Best U.S. Narrative Feature
Outfest Los Angeles

Official Selection: World Premier
SXSW 

Closing Night Gala
BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival

This delightful comedy-drama centers on Zaynab (played by queer festival favorite Fawzia Mirza), a Pakistani Muslim lawyer who wants to move away from her closeted lifestyle but doesn’t quite know how. It doesn’t help that her recently widowed mother, Parveen, has moved in with her and spends her days and nights watching TV melodramas when she isn’t busy trying to find Zaynab a proper husband.

When Zaynab takes up Lucha-style wrestling after a client barters lessons for legal services, Zaynab quickly learns that it takes time to be a good wrestler and to develop her signature move. One particularly tough day, Zaynab makes a stop at the local lesbian watering hole and meets Alma, a beautiful Mexican woman who is as unabashedly living her life as Zaynab is hiding in hers. The two seem destined to be together despite their different backgrounds, and as their relationship heats up they discover that they are not so very different from each other, both culturally and personally.

Wonderful performances from Fawzia Mirza (also a co-writer), Sari Sanchez (EMPIRE) and veteran Indian actor Shabana Azmi (FIRE), as Parveen, enliven this poignant and funny look at love and mother-daughter relationships. Ultimately the film is about finding one’s way in the world…and figuring out your signature move.
— Diana Scarbrough
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