Directed by Jennifer Reeder
Every day, Zaynab, a Pakistani Muslim lesbian in her thirties, endures her TV-loving mother’s talk of finding a nice man to marry. While being closeted is far from easy, Zaynab decides that it’s at least easier than having to upend her mother’s conservative expectations.
But that all changes when she meets Alma, an out and proud Mexican woman who just happens to be the daughter of a former professional wrestler. What starts as a one-night stand with someone whose name she can’t even remember quickly blossoms into something serious enough to threaten her complacency about her mother’s obsession with finding a husband.
And how does Zaynab deal with all this stress? Lucha-style wrestling, of course!
SIGNATURE MOVE is not only funny and poignant, but also important, especially in our modern political landscape. With Muslim, Pakistani, and queer voices all being suppressed individually, the idea of the three identities intersecting is foreign to mainstream media. And rather than portraying a simplistic tale of Muslim Pakistani homophobia, SIGNATURE MOVE recognizes cultural conflict in all their complexity, ultimately finding beauty in the ability of love to transcend differences.
Screening made possible by: Apicha Community Health Center; Sakhi for South Asian Women; National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA), Asian Women Giving Circle