- 1 hr 35 min
Mooz-lum is an independent dramatic film. It tells the story of a Muslim family and the challenges and harassment they face after the September 11th attacks on account of their faith. Evan Ross plays Tariq, a young man who has grown up in an African-American Muslim family. Tariq’s parents are very strict, in particular his father. His father wants Tariq to be just like him so he sends him to an Islamsit school. Eventually, his father’s overbearing ways tear the family apart. His mother can’t deal with his father any longer so she takes Tariq’s sister and flees. Tariq grows up being abused. He is beaten at school because he celebrated Halloween. Tariq then goes to college. He is totally unprepared for what he will experience there because his isolated upbringing has left him with little social skills. Tariq begins to blossom and enjoy college life but the learning curve is steep. He does not know how to interact with girls, let alone flirt with them. Partying and drinking are new experiences for him too. He does meet other Muslims on campus but he finds it hard to interact with them as well. These Muslims are more culturally liberal than Tariq’s upbringing and they view Islam as a peaceful religion. This is in direct contrast to the strict moral code that Tariq was taught growing up. Tariq’s own internal conflict about his religion is mimicked by debates on his college campus. One of the professors is also extremely liberal and he views all religions as being equal.The dean of the school is a lot more rigid in his approach to life and academics. All of these debates occur before the events of September 11th. After the terrorist attacks, Tariq faces more challenges from his peers who view him and his religion with distrust. Eventually, Tariq learns to navigate these waters and determine what being a Muslim means to him.