Director: Jennifer Reeder
Language: Original Version – Spanish Subtitles
Genre : Drama, Comedy, Romance
Signature Move is a hilarious and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms. Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma (Sari Sanchez), a confident and vivacious Mexican-American woman. Zaynab’s recently widowed mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) has moved in and spends her days watching Pakistani TV dramas while searching for a potential husband for her only daughter. Alma’s mother, Rosa (Charin Alvarez), is a former professional fighter which Zaynab finds fascinating as she has recently taken up fight-style wrestling training with a former pro wrestler, Jayde. Zaynab tries to keep both her love life and her wrestling a secret from her Muslim mother, who knows more than she lets on. With wonderful performances by the entire cast, especially Fawzia Mirza as the sexy and quirky Zaynab, Signature Move is a comedy that celebrates the many faces of this country at a time when stories of diversity and acceptance are needed more than ever. It’s a wild, vibrant, and very American mix of cultures, generations and wrestling.
Jennifer Reeder constructs personal fiction films about relationships, trauma and coping. Her award-winning narratives are innovative and borrow from a range of forms including after school specials, amateur music videos and magical realism. These films have shown consistently around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, The Berlin Film Festival, The Venice Biennale and The Whitney Biennial. Her awards include several that have qualified her films for Oscar nomination. She won a Creative Capital Grant in Moving Image in 2015, short film funding from the Adrienne Shelly Foundation in 2016 and short film funding from the Hamburg Film Fund in 2016.
Festivals and Awards
2017: Cleveland International Film Festival – Best American Independent Feature Film
2017: FilmOut San Diego, US – Best Actress, Best Director
2017: Iris Prize Festival – Best Actress
2017: L.A. Outfest – Outstanding American Narrative Feature
2017: Nashville Film Festival – Bridgestone Narrative Feature Competition
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