Naz & Maalik

Directed by Jay Dockendorf
2015
USA
86 mins

In this riveting dramatic tale, gay teens Naz and Maalik are friends, classmates, business partners, and lovers. As the two closeted Muslim teens go about their regular daily routine on a Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, they arouse the suspicions of an undercover FBI agent who begins to track them. This complex tale of race, religion, and sexuality features a pair of tremendous performances from Kerwin Johnson Jr. as Naz and Curtiss Cook Jr. as Maalik. Intimate and meditative, Nam & Maalik examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.

An exceptionally well-crafted drama, and an auspicious feature debut from writer-director Jay Dockendorf.

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