UPDATE: CIFF44 CANCELLED

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

While we are saddened that our film loving audience will not have the opportunity to experience CIFF44's amazing films and talented filmmakers, we understand the City's obligation to protect the health and safety of all residents. We regret not having the opportunity to celebrate our three decades at Tower City Center. But we look forward to presenting CIFF45, April 7-18, 2021, at our new and permanent home in Playhouse Square.

Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } See Beyond

SIGNATURE MOVE

 

Year: 2017
Country: USA
Run Time: 80 minutes

SIGNATURE MOVE
SIGNATURE MOVE

Can two culturally diverse women, one Pakistani and one Mexican, find true love in Chicago through the world of female wrestling? Of course they can. This is America. Zaynab is a somewhat closeted immigration lawyer whose mother is obsessed with two things: television and finding Zaynab a husband. Alma is an independent and out-of-the-closet bookstore owner. Her mother was once a pro wrestling star. Zaynab is taking wrestling lessons for “existential reasons” and she is bad at it. They are an unlikely match, so naturally they fall stormily in love. Let the cage match begin. To woo the increasingly resistant Alma, Zaynab may have to risk entering the ring and revealing herself to her ultra-conservative mother. SIGNATURE MOVE asks the eternal question: is love, in this wonderful circus of a world, a ten-round body-slamming spectacle of bruised feelings and unwanted audience participation with no guarantees or referees? This charming film proves that in its sweet and bizarre way, yes, love is exactly that. —C.R.

CIFF41 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, April 02, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 2:20 PM

Sidebars
10% CINEMA
THE SPORTS SECTION
WOMEN OF THE WORLD

Competitions
American Independents Competition
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Related Daily Postings
Finding Love Beyond Borders

Director
Jennifer Reeder

Jennifer Reeder was born in 1971. An Ohio native, she received an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. She is currently Associate Professor in Moving Image and the head of the Art Department in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Her award-winning short films have been screened at festivals around the world. She is the founder of the social justice group Tracers Book Club, which focuses on feminist issues.

Filmography
"White Trash Girl" (1995), "Accidents At Home and How They Happen" (2008), SIGNATURE MOVE (2017)

Producers
Brian Hieggelke, Fawzia Mirza, Eugene Park

Screenwriting
Fawzia Mirza, Lisa Donato

Cinematography
Christopher Rejano

Editing
Felix Pineiro

Principal Cast
Fawzia Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Sari Sanchez, Audrey Francis, Charin Alvarez, Mark Hood, Molly Brennan, Malic White, Jasmine McNealy, Molly Callinan

Community Partners

LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland

Women's Happy Hour (WH2)

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