Signature Move WEB
New American Cinema

Signature Move

Year 2017
Runtime 79 mins
Language English / Spanish / Hindi
Subtitles English

Preceded by the short film: Iconoclast


A Muslim lesbian from Chicago cares for her TV-obsessed mother and has two secrets: she's training to be a wrestler and is in love with a woman. 

Zynab is a Pakistani at home in Chicago, wearing her hair cropped short and driving a bright red moped to her job as an immigration lawyer. She’s also training to be a wrestler. All day long, her widowed mother sits in Zynab’s living room, watching endless Pakistani soap operas, devoutly fixing her hijab, and using binoculars to size up suitable husbands for her daughter. When Zynab begins a serious relationship with a a confident Mexican-American woman, she is forced to confront her lesbian identity and her mother’s traditional expectations.

SIGNATURE MOVE is Jennifer Reeder’s debut feature. Premiering at SXSW, it's picked up many awards on the festival circuit, including the Grand Jury Award at L.A. Outfest and Best Director and Best Actress at FilmOut San Diego. Brightly confident and fun, it offers sincere and often funny reflections on generational shifts, love in a hook-up society, and weight of motherhood.

SIGNATURE MOVE will be preceded by the short film:

Countries

United States
Attending Guests
Director Jennifer Reeder
Awards
Grand Jury Prize – Best U.S. Narrative Feature, Outfest Los Angeles; Best Feature – American Spectrum, Hoosier Lens Indy Film Fest; Best Feature, Columbus International Film + Video Festival; Audience Award – Best Feature, Connecticut LGBT Film Festival; Best Direction – Jennifer Reeder, Audience Award – Best Actress in a Feature – Fawzia Mirza, Film Out San Diego LGBT Film Festival; Jury Award Best Women’s Feature, Audience Award Best Women’s Feature Film, North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival; Jury Award: Writer, Producer, Actor – Fawzia Mirza, Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival
Festivals
SXSW, Vancouver Queer Film Fesival, Frameline 41 San Francisco LGBTQ Film Festival, BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival
Director
Jennifer Reeder
Executive Producer
Jan Hieggelke, Nabeela Rasheed, Michael Shannon
Producer
Brian Hieggelke, Fawzia Mirza, Eugene Sun Park
Screenwriter
Lisa Donato, Fawzia Mirza
Cinematographer
Christopher Rejano
Cast
Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Audrey Francis, Charin Alvarez