Synopsis Revealed For "Mooz-Lum" Director Qasim Basir's Next Project - Drama Titled "Destined"

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by Tambay A. Obenson
November 15, 2011 10:44 PM
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His feature film directorial debut (Mooz-Lum) now on home video, after screening all over the world and a successful stateside theatrical run, Qasim Basir has officially begun prepping his next film - a drama titled simply Destined.

Little is still publicly available about the project at the moment; previously posted was the tagline you see on the cropped poster art above (full poster below), which reads "One man. Two stories. One choice that changes everything."

Now we have more; a full synopsis, which Qasim revealed earlier today via the project's Facebook page; and it reads as follows:

In one world Rasheed Smith is a hardened criminal who has spent years building his drug empire. In another, he is an ambitious architect who has been working his way up the corporate ladder. Uniquely illustrated through parallel lives, Destined explores how one man's future can be changed by a single moment. Facing everything from street violence to corporate corruption, Rasheed navigates his role in each world while demonstrating that on any path, life is never simple in the journey toward fulfilling your destiny.

I'm in! I'm digging the parrallel worlds/lives angle. Looking forward to seeing how this is developed and shaped.

Of course, a lot still has to happen for this to become a reality; but given how well he used the tools available to him to get Mooz-Lum produced and distributed (109,000+ Facebook fans and counting), I'll look for a Destined to enjoy a similar fate. 

Qasim is brushing up the script currently, and we'll be following the project's path in 2012. 

A Facebook page has been created for it, which you can "like" HERE; and there's a Twitter account for it as well, which you can follow HERE.

You'll know more when we know more, so stay tuned.

Glad to see filmmakers from the 2011 Shadow And Act Black Filmmakers To Watch list like Qasim and Ava DuVernay, moving right along into their sophomore efforts, after successful debuts.

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7 Comments

  • E.Wright | November 17, 2011 11:21 AMReply

    "mooz-lum" was great considering it used a cast with limited background in the subject matter. my favorite cast member was Nia long. She is allways seen for her natural beauty, and in that movie we could only see her as a mother. I'm looking forward to see what he can do with this new film, and if he's looking for actors I'm available.

  • Little Black Boy Blue | November 16, 2011 12:31 AMReply

    After the critical success of his first film, I am very interested in seeing his sophomore project. I think Mr. Basir, represents a great new voice in the film industry, and I wish him continued success.

  • Quentin | November 15, 2011 11:50 PMReply

    Let's hope this film is a step up from the amateurishly written and directed Mooz-Lum.

  • AJ | November 16, 2011 11:16 PM

    "Mooz-Lum" did have its weak spots, but for someone who directed a major film in the first go-around, I'd say Qasim Basir did a wonderful job than most. Not everyone can pull off a film with veteran actors. Let's hope Mr. Basir shows more depth and perfection in his next project.

  • Neziah | November 16, 2011 11:39 AM

    The writing and direction in "Mooz-lum" weren't perfect, but I wouldn't call them amateurish by a longshot; it was a well shot and compelling film with an interesting perspective. I'm looking forward to "Destined"

  • CareyCarey | November 16, 2011 10:23 AM

    Really? That's the first time I have heard that? I am not saying it is not true but I have not seen the movie so I am ordering my copy today. And I am curious, what does critical success really mean? I do not know how to take that? Now I am just asking the question b/c I really don't know, but could it, or is that term given to films that receive adulations from professional critics yet receives limited praise from the general public?

  • Idol-Maker | November 16, 2011 10:14 AM

    I didn't think "Mooz-Lum" was amateurishly written, but the inexperience in the Director's chair was evident at certain points. Killer concept for this new project, though. Looking forward to it.

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