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Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago takes care of her sweet and TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling.

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Credited cast:
Fawzia Mirza ... Zaynab
Shabana Azmi ... Parveen
Sari Sanchez ... Alma
Audrey Francis Audrey Francis ... Jayde
Charin Alvarez ... Rosa
Molly Brennan Molly Brennan ... Killian
Mark Hood ... Milo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ox Baker Jr. Ox Baker Jr. ... Himself - wrestling show
Molly Callinan Molly Callinan ... Ragina Cruz
Jacob Clapham Jacob Clapham ... Himself - wrestling show
Minita Gandhi ... Hina
Brian G. Lawrie ... Referee
Mia Park ... Bookstore Customer
Malic White Malic White ... Security Bouncer
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Zaynab is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago who takes care of her TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling.

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Life, Love, and Lady Wrestling

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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USA

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English | Urdu | Spanish

Release Date:

13 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,935, 1 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,080, 14 February 2018
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Zaynab: Just because you didn't intend to turn it into opium doesn't mean that importing poppy from Pakistan looks good.
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Don't waste your time..
14 February 2018 | by MoviecriticSee all my reviews

Unless your life is all about being black, being gay, being white, being Muslim, being Christian, being a woman, being a man, etc. you can skip this film entirely.

I hope one day we don't need to make art about trivial things like being gay, which shouldn't matter, nor should being black, muslim or however you "define" who you are. But these days everything seems to fall under identity politics. All individual traits and personality seem to be forgotten and all the focus is on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation is what matters now.

I don't care "what" you are, but that shouldn't be the premise of a movie. At least it shouldn't be the underlying driving force behind it. Because then it becomes about that, not what each of us do. Besides there are already a million movies that cover being gay, black or whatever. This brought nothing new to anything already made.

The film is way too forced, and there is a line in the beginning from the lead saying about something on TV "this doesn't happen in real life." Well, ironically this is what I felt about this movie.

The bottom line is that these type of films are really just a tool to seek acceptance. And the biggest issue I have with these "social conscience" films is for the most part they are recognized and celebrated ONLY because of the underlying identity message.

It's okay to care about social issues, but don't ONLY care about social issues. I just don't like movies that are didactic.

This was just an amateur student film. BTW, if the early bar pick up had been a man doing it to a woman, the same people making this film would have called the police for sexual harassment.


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