April 22-25th, 2022
Noor & Layla
Canada I 15 mins I Romance, Drama I 2021 I English
Noor and Layla are breaking up. It’s the end of the road for these two Muslim women…or is it just the beginning?
We follow the flourishing and break up of the romantic relationship, chronicled by the five prayers of Islam.
This film plays with the BEYOND THE END OF THE WORLD shorts program online.
About the Artist
Fawzia Mirza (she/they) is a queer, South Asian Muslim writer and director.
Fawzia co-wrote the feature SIGNATURE MOVE (world premiered at SXSW, screened 150+ film festivals). She wrote on CBS series THE RED LINE, from Greg Berlanti & Ava Duvernay - her episode marked the first queer, Muslim romance on network TV. She is a White House Champion of Change in Asian American Art & Storytelling, a Tribeca Film Institute All-Access alum, a ‘Yes, And Laughter Lab’ Winner, an Islamic Scholarship Fund Winner, and is part of the 2021/2022 cohort of the Canadian Academy Directors Program for Women.
She wrote and directed on the TikTok series HIDDEN CANYONS (5.6m+ views), the award-winning NOOR & LAYLA (Outfest, BlackStar, Bentonville) and directed the rom-com short THE SYED FAMILY XMAS EVE GAME NIGHT (world-premiered TIFF 2021) named one of Xtra’s ‘Top 10 Films’ at TIFF and one of Harper’s Bazaar “16 Best Christmas Movies of 2021.”
She wrote/will direct the feature film ME, MY MOM & SHARMILA in 2022, supported in part by TIFF Writers Studio, TIFF Filmmaker Lab, SFFILM and The Gotham. Her new short AUNTIE, executive produced by Paul Feig world premieres in 2022.