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Behind the Lens

Nijla Mu'min Creates a Black Muslim Coming-of-Age Story

Behind the Lens

Nijla Mu'min Creates a Black Muslim Coming-of-Age Story

4m 35s

Growing up, director and writer Nijla Mu'min didn't see nuanced representations of girls like her, so she created her own with her semi-autobiographical feature 'Jinn'.

4m 25s

Eugene Kim Captures Important Moment in Asian-American Music

For his short film ‘Cherry,’ filmmaker Eugene Kim pulled from his own memories of growing up in 90s Daly City, California, when Filipino DJs were pioneering a new style, B-Boys competed at car shows and everyone knew they were part of a historic moment in music history.

7m 48s

Peter Nicks Navigates Opposing Worlds in 'The Force'

Inspired in part by the HBO series 'The Wire' and drawing on his own experiences with law enforcement, Bay Area filmmaker Peter Nicks of 'The Force' spent two years embedded with the Oakland Police, capturing the most turbulent period in the department's history.

5m 1s

‘Moses’ Documentary About Homelessness Changes Lives

When Fran Guijarro made a short film about a man who had experienced nearly two decades of homelessness, he never imagined it would be the beginning of a 10-year-long documentary project that transformed the lives of everyone involved.

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