What's more difficult than growing up black in America? Being Muslim, too. Difficult is just one word to describe it. At least, that was, until 9/11, when the situation became unbearable. Writer-director Qasim Basir tells his story of being an African American Muslim in the years before and after the emotional time in his film Mooz-lum, starring Danny Glover, Evan Ross, and Nia Long. The DVD releases June 14. Says Basir, making the film "was one of the most therapeutic things I've ever done." Script sat down with the writer-director to talk about his process of converting his intense journey into a feature film.
"I don't think I could have written this film after 9/11. People didn't want to hear it."
"The issue for me was the personal nature of the story and going back and dealing with the things that I had to deal with while writing it."
"As a filmmaker, I'm always going to want to change something."