“#BlackMuslimGirlFly – A Butterfly Amidst Iniquity”
As Black Muslim female filmmakers we decided to show the world a glimpse of us by telling the story of two Black Muslim Women in America who are being filmed by two Black Muslim Women filmmakers as part of a short film of what it is like to be a Black Muslim Woman in America. Culminating in the historic Leimert Park, the short film “#BlackMuslimGirlFly: A Butterfly Amidst Iniquity,” ends at Black Iftar L.A., one of the many iftars (daily breaking of the fast during the holy month of Ramadan) hosted by Black Muslims across America, and around the world. We sought to incorporate our Black Muslim culture: poetry, music, photography, spoken word, and storytelling that is often erased in the conversation about American Muslims.
Nia Malika Dixon, an independent writer-director, chronicles two brief stories, of two very different Black Muslim Women in L.A., that culminate in the convening of a Black Iftar, the gathering to break fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Cafe Hot and Cool, Black Muslim owned, serves as the beautiful nightlife setting for the unique event.
Nikki Blak, Nia’s favorite friend who happens to be a talented poet, named after the poet Nikki Giovanni, (whose poem, “Ego Trippin'” was Nia’s first experience with poetry at the tender young age of eight.) lends her beautiful poem, “White Sundress,” from her book, “Five Three & Rising.”
**Nia wrote, directed, and produced, along with her colleague Ayanna Qadeem (who also served as cinematographer, ) and they completed the film in less than a week to make the deadline for several grants. *They are still applying for funding to create more films that center the stories of Black Muslim Girls and Women. #BlackMuslimGirlFly® TO CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR CAUSE, CASHAPP THEM HERE: $Audaz.Entertainment.