Celebrating the "U" in Community: Featuring Matinee showing of "Mooz-lum" and conversation with Director Qasim Basir

Celebrating the "U" in Community: Featuring Matinee showing of "Mooz-lum" and conversation with Director Qasim Basir

September 9, 2021 | Magnolia Ballroom

Movie Showtimes: 12:00 PM & 3:00 PM

Conversation with Qasim Basir: 6:00 PM

Are you aware of the unique diversity that you add to our community? At Georgia College we respect and celebrate each other, so that all may feel welcome. Sometimes the transition to college for those that are deemed "different" is not so pleasant and can even be scary. Join us for an matinee to watch the feature film, "Mooz-lum" directed by Qasam Basir, about a new first-year student and his transition to his new community that offers both acceptance and resistance based upon his background. Then join us for a conversation with the Director of the film, Qasim Basir at 6:00 PM! It's an opportunity you don't want to miss. Get a jumpstart on learning how "U" are essential to our inclusive CommUnity! Hosted by the Cultural Center and Office of Inclusive Excellence

Qasim Basir is an award-winning filmmaker who grew up between Ann Arbor and Detroit. Qasim went on to study at Clark Atlanta University and Wayne State University where he graduated with a degree in criminal justice & prelaw. At the age of 17, during his senior year at high school, Qasim took his first film class, and there is where his journey began. Running around Detroit filming on the streets, in the projects, and on campus, and with the intrigue and inspiration of film, he spent time, (wherever he could) reading any book that he could get his hands on. Qasim Basir’s first feature MOOZ-LUM was originally a short film which entered into the One Nation Film Competition, where Danny Glover was one of the judges. MOOZ-LUM is a coming-of-age tale about a young Muslim boy going to college around the September 11 attacks. Danny Glover’s company (Louverture films) then reached out to Qasim with interest of his short becoming a feature, and with much time and effort, MOOZ-LUM the feature film was made, and went on to win Best film at Urbanworld Film Festival, and was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award as well as 3 Black Reel Awards. MOOZ-LUM stars included Nia Long, Evan Ross & Danny Glover. The film was released theatrically in 2011 and went on to platforms via Starz, Netflix and Amazon. The film gained international recognition, opening in over 25 countries. Adding to the relevance of MOOZ-LUM, the US Government invited Qasim to host screenings in Rome, Milan, Padua and other cities to open dialogue surrounding immigration disparities. Globally, Qasim has been a key speaker and presenter for his feature film MOOZ-LUM at many esteemed Universities and Colleges.

Qasim Basir, then went on to write and direct his second feature film DESTINED, starring Cory Hardrict, Jesse Metcalfe, Margot Bingham, Hill Harper, Zulay Henao and La La Anthony. DESTINED premiered at the 2016 LA Film Festival, and has garnered numerous accolades including Best Director and Actor at the 2016 American Black Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at Urbanworld that same year. DESTINED was released theatrically. in the Fall of 2017 and on VOD platforms early 2018. Basir recently directed and co-wrote A Boy, A Girl, A Dream, starring Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good. The film had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. A Boy, A Girl, A Dream follows two people who meet on the night of the 2016 Presidential election and sharing their feelings of panic, despair, anger, and hope in the face of a radically changing nation. After Sundance, A Boy, A Girl, A Dream was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn with a September 2018 release nationwide to rave reviews, spending months at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Next up, Qasim was brought on to direct the film “Hawk”, which follows the true story of supreme underdog Andrew Hawkins, who gained entry into the NFL after faking his height, weight and social status to earn a multimillion-dollar contract with the Cleveland Browns. Shooting later this year. A daily ambition for Qasim is to keep growing and getting better with your creative expression and keep people around you who will challenge you. Currently in the works, Qasim is developing a few films as well as a TV show.


Updated: 2021-08-31
Nadirah Mayweather
Cultural Center