After witnessing the mass drowning of her friends and struggling with the decision not to jump in, 15-year old Tiana must decide if she will join the order of black mermaids that protect the waters where her friends rest. This film is partly inspired by the 2010 mass drowning of six black teens in a Shreveport, Louisiana sinkhole. None of them could swim. The film blends coming of age drama and fantasy to explore traumatic memory in a post- BP oil spill New Orleans.


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Blackstar Film Festival: August 22, 2014

Festival Premiere: March 30, 2014- New Voices in Black Cinema Film Festival

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2012 Princess Grace Film Scholarship- Cary Grant Film Award

Calarts Diversity Grant


Jasmine Brittany Johnson as Tiana

Kelvin Harrison as Kareem

Oliver Thomas (HBO’s “Treme”) as Honore

Chasity Rogers as Noel

Constance Thompson as Merma

Michole Briana White (“I Will Follow”, “25th Hour” & ”Stick Fly”) as Older Tiana


Writer/Director/Co-Producer: Nijla Baseema Mu’min

Producer: Jevonne Bowman-Bullock

DP: Soraya Selene

Costume Designer: Lux Haac

Executive Producers: Kimya Dawson (“Juno”), Sarah Harrison, and H&S Construction

Music: ”You Don’;t Know What Love Is” performed by Michole Briana White

Shot on location in New Orleans and Franklinton, Louisiana. This film was made possible with support from WONDERFUL Indiegogo supporters, The Princess Grace Foundation, Calarts MFA Writing and Film Directing Programs, Arri CSC, Fedex, and Film New Orleans.