SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award
South by Southwest
SXSW Gamechanger Award
South by Southwest
'Signature Move' is a film adept at finding the gaps in this tangle of personal, familial and cultural stories.
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Signature Move

In Chicago, Zaynab (Fawzia Mirza) is a thirty-something American-Pakistani lawyer who lives with and cares for her recently widowed, TV-obsessed mother (legendary Indian actress Shabana Azmi). Alma (Sari Sanchez) is a free-spirited Mexican-American bookshop owner. After meeting in a bar, the two quickly fall into bed and embark on a romance...but problems aren’t far behind. Zaynab’s traditional mother still expects her daughter to marry a man, while Alma finds herself reluctant to get involved with the closeted Zaynab, leaving them at odds despite their strong attraction for each other. And then there’s Zaynab’s latest interest: training in Lucha-style wrestling with a former pro grappler! Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best U.S. Narrative Feature at Outfest and a worldwide festival darling following its SXSW premiere, critics and fans alike agree on the film called "a gem" by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Played at

Music Hall, 2.09.18 - 2.15.18
Rated NR
Runtime: 80 min
Language: English

Director: Jennifer Reeder
Cast: Audrey Francis, Charin Alvarez, Fawzia Mirza, Mark Hood, Molly Brennan, Sari Sanchez, Shabana Azmi

  • Nominee, SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award, South by Southwest
  • Nominee, SXSW Gamechanger Award, South by Southwest
FEATURED REVIEW: Sophie Mayer, Sight and Sound
Jennifer Reeder was in London to screen her feminist skatepunk short 'Crystal Lake' at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival – and five months later she’s back for the 2017 Flare LGBT Film Festival with her feature 'Signature Move,' from a screenplay by Lisa Donato and Fawzia...