ZeShawn Ali


Zeshawn Ali is a director originally from Ohio and a graduate of NYU Film. He was apart of the filmmaking team for the 30 Mosques in 30 Days series telling the stories of Muslim Americans during the month of Ramadan. His feature documentary film Two Gods, about a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in Newark, received funding and support from ITVS, Sundance Insitute, Tribeca Film Institue, Ford Foundation, IFP, and Points North Institute. The film had its world premiere at Hot Docs and has since been a selection at Full Frame, Camden, BlackStar, DOCNYC, Big Sky, Montclair and New Orleans Film Festival (where it was the recipient of the Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature) and will be airing as part of the 2021 season of Independent Lens. He is currently based in New York. 


Two Gods

Hanif is a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in Newark who takes young men- Naz and Furquan- under his wing to teach them how to live better lives. Hardship comes in all of their lives and Hanif fears he has failed as a mentor and begins to fall into a downward spiral. During each of their darkest moments, they take what they’ve learned from their pasts and from each other to pull through and find their purpose. Two Gods is a poetic journey and reflection on coming of age and navigating grief, loss, and healing through the lens of mentorship and faith. Director ZeShawn Ali. 82 minutes

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