Playing through Thursday, June 24.
- Platform: AmherstCinemaAtHome.org
- Ticket price: $12 general admission, $9 for Members
- Watch window: 30 days to start watching, 2 days to finish once started
- How to watch: Through the internet browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone
On Wednesday, June 16 at 7pm ET, director Zeshawn Ali and producer Aman Ali join us on Facebook Live to talk about TWO GODS. Come with questions to ask in the chat, or just sit back and enjoy the conversation.
Inside a corner casket shop in East Orange, New Jersey, laboring amid the sawdust and the long pine boxes, casket makers work with mentors in the Islamic burial tradition. Hanif, a Black Muslim casket maker who finds spiritual grounding in his work, brings two boys from the local community under his tutelage; 12-year-old Furquan and 17-year-old Naz.
Hanif teaches Furquan and Naz the practices of Islamic burial rituals as they assist him with his work. Having formerly served time in prison himself, Hanif continues to grapple with past mistakes and new challenges, while his faith and community helps him guide his young charges on their own paths toward healing and embracing life.
Shot in a striking black-and-white, TWO GODS explores the juxtaposition of grief and the rituals of death with the vibrancy and potential of adolescence. The documentary turns an empathetic lens on Muslim American stories, ultimately crafting a moving portrait of both the intimate moments and the complexities of the everyday Muslim American experience.