Staring and written by the incredibly charming Fawzia Mirza, Signature Move is a comedy that brightens the heart, exploring what it means to be a Queer Muslim while keeping it all together, and wrestling. What I think I loved most about Signature Move is the way in which Zaynab (Mirza) balances the two most important aspects of her life: her sexuality and her religion. Zaynab stumbles (somewhat literally) into a relationship with Alma (Sari Sanchez) and throughout the relationship, she realizes her ability to have a fulfilling relationship, while also learning that her narrative doesn’t have to be like everyone else’s. Meanwhile, Zaynab’s mother Parveen (Shabana Azmi) is on the prowl for a potential husband for Zaynab. Signature Move beautifully folds together what it means to come to terms with your sexuality, while holding onto your culture and religion. And it has wrestling! Not once did this movie seem too ambitious in its mission. Signature Move boldly uses comedy to dive deep into what it takes to be our true selves.
The Vancouver Queer Film Festival runs from August 10 - 20, 2017.