When it comes to romance, differences in faith and spirituality can be major hindrances to developing unions, or serve as points of deeper connection.

Filmmaker Najma Nuriddin examines this conflict in her thesis film, A Lovers Call, which stars Naji Mujahid and Esosa Edosomwan. Nuriddin, a recent graduate of Howard University’s MFA Film Program says the short film centers on Aasim, a young single Muslim man living in Washington DC who has an instant connection with a beautiful poet named Kala. After spending more time with her, Aasim realizes she isn't Muslim. He is torn between his new discovery of attraction towards Kala, and the principles of his own faith.

With an entrancing sound design and lush photography by cinematographer Hans Charles (Nikyatu Jusu’s Black Swan Theory), the film looks at the tensions that arise out of an inter-religious union, but also seeks out the universality of personal spirituality. The film will begin its festival run at the upcoming Detroit Women of Color International Film Festival and will play other festivals to be announced.

Next up for Nuriddin is a feature-length documentary that explores connections among women of the African Diaspora where she’ll travel to various parts of the world, including Brazil, Haiti, India, Jamaica, and Mexico. She will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in the coming months. To learn more about A Lovers Call and Nuriddin’s work, visit her website at: