Courtesy of 8 Above

Two Gods

May 21–June 6, 2021
Museum of the Moving Image is pleased to partner with 8 Above to bring Two Gods directly to Museum members and patrons to view from home.

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Dir. Zeshawn Ali. US, 2021, 82 mins. The beautifully observed Two Gods follows Hanif, a Black Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in Newark, New Jersey, who yearns to save the lives of two young men in his community. Teaching craftsmanship and the wisdom gained from a troubled past, Hanif becomes a dedicated mentor to two local teens: Furquan, a confident 12-year-old with a turbulent home life, and Naz, a grieving 17-year-old who has run-ins with the law. Challenges arise that test Hanif’s faith as he begins to fall into a downward spiral with the fear of failing as a mentor. 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. World premiered at Hot Docs Film Festival. Official selection at Full Frame Festival and DOC NYC. Ali was a participant in last year’s First Look Festival. An 8 Above release. View trailer.

Critic’s Pick! “With depth of feeling and warm black-and-white photography, Zeshawn Ali’s humble documentary Two Gods fully acknowledges how death is a part of life.” —Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

“A masterpiece just waiting to be discovered.” —Joshua Brunsting, CriterionCast