TWO GODS is the feature debut of brothers Zeshawn and Aman Ali. Growing up as Muslims in America, the two always yearned to see interesting portrayals of Muslim Americans that were not political — stories that were personal, quiet and reflective.
TWO GODS adds nuance to the Muslim American community, which has needed a change in the narrative. And it presents a Muslim American story that is intersectional and showcases faith as a fact of life, rather than something that needs to be explained or defended.
DIRECTOR: Zeshawn Ali
Zeshawn is originally from Ohio and is a graduate of Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Two Gods is his first feature film and has received support from ITVS, Tribeca Film Institute, Ford Foundation, Sundance Institute, Doc Society, Points North Institute and IFP. He is a member of Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and Meerkat Media. He is currently based in New York.
PRODUCER: Aman Ali
Aman Ali is an award-winning storyteller in New York City. He’s made appearances on dozens of media outlets such as the New York Times, BuzzFeed, CNN, NBC News, HBO, BBC, and NPR. He first gained fame for being the co-creator of the social media phenomenon “30 Mosques in 30 Days,” a 25,000 mile road trip he took to all 50 states in the U.S. with the mission of telling groundbreaking and profound stories about Muslims in America.
EDITOR: Colin Nusbaum
Colin Nusbaum is a film editor whose work has screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Festival De Cannes, Tribeca, SXSW, HotDocs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, DOCNYC, AFI Docs, Full Frame and many others. Most recently, Colin edited The Unafraid by Heather Courtney and Anayansi Prado. The film premiered at the 2018 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, where it won the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights. In 2014, Colin was also awarded the prestigious Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship for his work as an emerging documentary editor.
COMPOSER: Michael Beharie
Michael Beharie is a musician based in New York City. His solo music, collaborations and film scores can be found at www.michaelbeharie.com
IMPACT PRODUCER: Carmen Dixon
Carmen is a New York based Southerner working as an impact producer, organizer, and educator. After nearly two decades in journalism, public relations, K-5 education, and grassroots organizing, Carmen is committed to making trauma informed care an integral component of impact strategy. She is an alumna of Firelight Media’s inaugural Impact Producer Fellowship and a founding member of the Black Lives Matter Global Network. Carmen holds a MDiv from Bethel Seminary where she was formally introduced to liberation theology. She has since developed an interdisciplinary practice that centers healing and transformative leadership development in the context of movement building.
Executive Producers – Sally Jo Fifer and Lois Vossen
Supervising Producer – Michael Kinomoto
Additional Cinematography: Emir Fils-Aime
Post Production Services provided by Dungeon Beach