Signature Move | 2017 | Houston Premiere

Directed by Jennifer Reeder
Written by Fawzia Mirza, Lisa Donato
82 min

Thu May 31 | 6:30 PM | Asia Society Texas Center

SIGNATURE MOVE is a comedic and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms. Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) is a Pakistani, Muslim lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma (Sari Sanchez), a confident Mexican-American woman. Zaynab's recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) has moved in and spends her days watching Pakistani TV dramas while searching for a potential husband for her only daughter. Alma's mother is a former professional Luchadora, which Zaynab finds fascinating, as she has recently taken up lucha-style wrestling with a former pro wrestler. Zaynab tries to keep her secrets from her mother, who knows more than she lets on.

Disclaimer Contains scenes of a sexual nature. Content might not be suitable to all ages or audiences.

Language English (Primary), Urdu, Spanish

Country or Origin USA

Genre Romantic Comedy

Q&A and Reception to Follow with Fawzia Mirza

Fawzia Mirza is an actor, producer, writer who believes in dispelling the myth of the 'model minority' in mainstream media and in the power of comedy to tackle divisive topics and breakdown stereotypes. In the last two years, she was named a White House 'Champion of Change' in Asian American Art & Storytelling, a 3Arts Grant Recipient in Acting, a 'Top 10 Creative' by Indiewire magazine, one of Chicago's 'Rising Stars' of indie filmmaking, the 2017 3Arts Fellow at the Djerassi Residents Artists Program and was named to New City Magazine's 'Film 50' list. She was named one of '8 Muslims Defying Donald Trump' for her work as Ayesha Trump in her mockumentary The Muslim Trump featured in Marie, Claire, Jezebel, Al-Jazeera, VICE, CBC Q Radio and more. She was part of the Emmy & GLAAD nominated, Gotham Award-winning online series Her Story. She has written theatre, including a one woman play Me, My Mom & Sharmila which she performed in Pakistan sponsored by the US Embassy which she's developing into a feature film. She has created and produced web series, short films, art installations, stand-up comedy and more. She'll be speaking on two panels at SXSW 2017 on creating content as both Muslim and South Asian. Signature Move, which she co-wrote, co-produced and stars in, is Mirza's first feature-length film she's produced.

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