Flying High, Longlist - Short Film - Non Fiction


Aisha Amin

Friday is a short documentary that explores the community within and history of a mosque and religious space in New York that is known as the "bedrock of Brooklyn". The film was born out of a photography project I did the year before where I explored storefront mosques in and around NYC. I thought the photo project would work well as a visual piece and short documentary that explored what it's like to practice religion in a cosmopolitan city.

Aisha Amin is a NYC-raised and Kenyan-born filmmaker. As a director, she works across experimental, narrative and documentary forms to tell authentic stories built from real experiences. Her past film projects have explored and highlighted overlooked communities particularly in New York City, including formerly incarcerated mothers and communities struggling with the presence of gentrification in their neighborhoods. She was a recipient of the 2019-2020 Sally Burns Shenkman Woman Filmmaker Fellowship at the Jacob Burns Film Center where she directed two short documentaries. She is also a recipient of The Shed's Open Call Fellowship. Her short film 'Friday' is a Vimeo Staff Pick and was picked up for distribution by The Bureau of Creative Works. Her latest film 'Choir' will be playing at BAMCinemaFest 2021. Aisha will be completing her MFA in Directing and Writing at Columbia in Fall 2021.