Since the relaunch and rebranding of the monthly movies series, now known as the “Uptown Saturday Night” Movie Ministry, we have curated a collection of films that have generated plenty of conversation. Beginning in July 2015, the series has spotlighted a group of provocative films, including The Spook Who Sat by the Door, Honeydripper, A Lesson Before Dying, Belle, Concussion, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution and Paris Blues, Little White Lie and From the Rough.

This June, we’ll showcase the Black Reel Awards nominated, faith-based indie drama, Mooz-lum.

The film tells the story of a young man, who is forced to adhere to a strict Muslim rearing and a social life he has never had, Tariq Mahdi (Evan Ross) enters college confused. New peers, family, and mentors help him find his place, but the 9/11 attacks force him to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life.

Mooz-lum is bolstered by an impressive cast, including Evan Ross, Nia Long, Roger Guenvuer Smith, Danny Glover and Dorian Missick (9 Rides). It also marks the debut film from writer/director Qasim Bashir, based on his story. Please save the date, you don’t want to miss this emotional drama. I hope you can join us for this extraordinary tale and stay for the post-film talkback moderated by film critic, Tim Gordon.

It all takes place at Celebration Church of Columbia’s Music Room, Saturday, June 25, 2016, beginning at 6pm . . . hope to see you there!!!

Check out the films that have received the “Uptown Saturday Night” treatment:

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