‘Coming Out in Religion: Queer Actress-Writer Fawzia Mirza on Embracing ‘Muslimness’

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Making the connections is the theme of one of her latest projects, the film Signature Move. She cowrote (with Lisa Donato) and stars in the movie, about the relationship between two women, one Pakistani-American, one Mexican-American, and how it affects their lives and families. Directed by Jennifer Reeder, it has been a favorite at film festivals, winning the Outfest Jury Prize for Best U.S. Narrative Feature, and several acting awards for Mirza. Bollywood icon Shabana Azmi, who starred in the groundbreaking lesbian-themed Indian film Fire in 1996, costars as the mother of Mirza’s character. Mirza’s other work includes appearing in the award-winning web series Her Story; co-creating, producting, and starring in the mockumentary The Muslim Trump, about a Muslim woman fathered out of wedlock by Donald Trump; and performing frequently onstage in Chicago. 

“Art is a form of activism,” Mirza says. “I call it ‘artivism.’ All of us have the power to share our narratives and stress the similarities between us instead of the differences.”

Find out more about Mirza here and about Signature Move here. For the first story in this series, click here.

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