Director: Jennifer Reeder
Runtime: 80 min
Festival year: 2017
Pakistani Muslims, Lesbians, and Luchadora Wrestlers Have More in Common Than You Think. – No Film School
Premiering at this year’s SXSW, Signature Move is an indie comedy-drama co-written and starring Fawzia Mirza as Zaynab, a queer second generation Pakistani woman living in Chicago. Zaynab’s mother, delightfully played by Shabana Azmi (Midnight’s Children, Fire), has moved in after becoming a widow and spends her days glued to the couch watching Pakistani soap operas and occasionally peering outside with binoculars scouting for husband “potentials” for her semi-closeted daughter. When Zaynab meets and falls for Alma, an out Chicana woman who has a very different relationship with her immigrant mother, Zaynab must literally grapple with her choices in life and love—and grapple with a few tough women wrestlers too. Signature Move explores the parallel experiences of hyphenated American communities of colour through clever dialogue, tender moments, wrestling, and romance.
Writer and cast member Fawzia Mirza in attendance.
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