SIGNATURE MOVE is a hilarious and heartfelt look at modern families and the complexities of love in its many forms. Zaynab ( Fawzia Mirza ) is a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian lawyer living in Chicago who begins a new romance with Alma ( Sari Sanchez ), a confident and vivacious Mexican-American woman. Zaynab's recently widowed mother Parveen ( Shabana Azmi ) has moved in and spends her days watching Pakistani TV dramas while searching for a potential husband for her only daughter. Alma's mother, Rosa ( Charin Alvarez ), is a former professional Luchadora which Zaynab finds fascinating as she has recently taken up lucha-style wrestling training with a former pro wrestler, Jayde. Zaynab tries to keep both her love life and her wrestling a secret from her Muslim mother, who knows more than she lets on.
With wonderful performances by the entire cast, especially Fawzia Mirza as the sexy and quirky Zaynab, Signature Move is a comedy that celebrates the many faces of this country at a time when stories of diversity and acceptance are needed more than ever. It's a wild, vibrant, and very American mix of cultures, generations - and wrestling.
SIGNATURE MOVE is directed by Jennifer Reeder and written by Fawzia Mirza and Lisa Donato. Produced by Brian Hieggelke, Fawzia Mirza, and Eugene Sun Park. Cinematography by Christopher Rejano and edited by Felix Piñeiro. Original score by Carlos Villalobos, Jr., with music supervision by Groove Garden.
Directed by: Jennifer Reeder
Starring: Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Audrey Francis,
Charin Alvarez, Molly Brennan, and Mark Hood
Run time 82 min. Not yet rated
SXSW: schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/FS21120 .
WEBSITE: www.signaturemovemovie.com/ .
TWITTER: twitter.com/signaturemov .