Thank you to everyone who has already donated to the Kickstarter fundraising campaign for with WINGS and ROOTS. In just one week we have raised $5,640 to complete the film! If you havenâ€™t donated yet, please consider donating right now!
In the meantime, we wanted to share some of the impact of the work weâ€™ve done in the last year, and give you a sense of what we plan to do with the completed film.
Since 2012, we have done 66 screenings of our two short films in the USA, Germany, & the UK, most with accompanying workshops on issues like bullying, Islamophobia, immigrant rights, Sikh awareness, and exploring one's own migration story & identity. This list exemplifies the intersectional approach of the project, and the way we are creating connections around issues of immigration, racism, Islamophobia and the need to reimagine belonging.
In New York, Sonny Singh, an educator and one of the film's protagonists, has been screening â€œArticle of Faithâ€ in schools and universities. This ten minute film tells Sonnyâ€™s story of experiencing harassment and his activism with the Sikh Coalition to improve school policies. The response from students has been powerful.
Sonny recently received a stack of thank you letters from 4th graders who watched the film last week. One student wrote:
â€œ[What] stood out to me was how you wished you were a different person. I feel like that too because I sometimes wish I was a different color, but now I love my color and who I am... I learned by you, Do not let people bring you down!â€
Another fourth grader wrote:
â€œ...I learned to not keep your feelings to yourself. I am grateful because you talked about bullying based on your life.... you are my role model for being the way you are and for having no fear.â€
Time and time again, we have found that 'Article of Faith' and 'Where are you from from?' resonate with students and open space for them to share their own experiences. Sonny wrote aobut the transformative experience he's had screening the film in a blog post.
We want to continue this work, providing educators, activists, and young people with tools to spark these critical conversations. With your support, we can complete the feature-length film, expand this work and accomplish SO MUCH MORE!
This campaign is ALL or NOTHING, so we have to raise the entire 23,000 to get any of the donations. Please make a donation today, and spread the word about this campaign to your friends and networks. Together, we can make it happen.
Christina, Sonny, Khorshid, Angela, Ariela, Roman, Tania, Marina, & Cesar
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