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In an area of Newark where too many funerals commemorate tragically short lives, Hanif, an older man with a troubled past, works as a casket maker and ritual body washer. He is committed to his work and to his Islamic faith and is also a dedicated mentor to two local kids-Furquan, a confident 12-year-old who comes from a rough home and Naz, a 17-year-old who has been fighting through his own struggles as a young Black man growing up in Newark. Challenges come when Furquan's home life becomes more turbulent and Naz gets caught up in a serious arrest. Han if, struggling with the fear that he has failed as a mentor, begins to fall into a downward spiral. Shot in exquisite black and white, Zeshawn Ali's auspicious feature debut is a lyrical meditation on the importance of community and passing down generational knowledge through faith, brotherhood and redemption. 

  • Year
  • Runtime
    82 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Hot Docs 2020
  • Note
    Content Consideration: Discussion of violence & gun violence, incidents of strong language
  • Director
    Zeshawn Ali
  • Producer
    Aman Ali
  • Cinematographer
    Zeshawn Ali & Emir Fils-Aime
  • Editor
    Colin Nusbaum
  • Composer
    Michael Beharie
  • Sound Design
    Jonathan Fuhrer