Nijla Mu’min is a writer/filmmaker from the East Bay Area. Her work is informed by poetry, photography, fiction, and dance.
Her debut feature film Jinn, premiered at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, where she won the Jury Recognition Award for Screenwriting. Jinn, a New York Times Critic’s pick, was released in November 2018 by Orion Classics, and is streaming on Amazon. In 2018, she directed an episode of “Queen Sugar.” She’s also written for the Apple series, “Swagger,” and the Starz show “Blindspotting”. In 2019, she joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and directed an episode of HBO’s “Insecure.” She also directed a short film for Netflix, entitled Black Prom. In 2021, she directed an episode of “Wu-Tang: An American Saga” for Hulu.
She is currently developing her second feature film Mosswood Park. She is a graduate of CalArts MFA Film Directing and Creative Writing Programs.