August 19, 2008
Documentary Film Inspires National Dialogue on Race and Religion During 9/11 Anniversary
Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath (2008), the first feature-length documentary film on hate violence following Sept. 11, 2001, will screen across the U.S. next month in a grassroots campaign for deep dialogue about racism, religion, and renewal in America.
Divided We Fall follows the journey of 20-year-old college student Valarie Kaur as she documents hate violence against Sikhs and Muslims in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 and examines the larger question of "who counts" as American. On a two-year international tour, the film has won more than a dozen awards and reached 150 campuses and communities in 90 cities across the United States.
Divided We Fall will be released next month when educators and community leaders in 50 U.S. cities will hold dialogues around the film in commemoration of Sept. 11 and Sept. 15 - the anniversary of the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi, the first person killed in retribution for the terrorist attacks.
"This stunning film could not have arrived at a more significant time in our nation's history," Stanford University Emeritus Professor of Psychology Phillip Zimbardo said. "It brilliantly conveys the dynamic tensions we all share over racial and religious differences that can be transformed into new visions for an American mosaic more richly textured than ever before. It is the must see film of this year for all thoughtful people."
Partners of the film campaign include the Discrimination and National Security Initiative, Facing History and Ourselves, Global Family for Love and Peace, The Pluralism Project at Harvard University, National Lawyers Guild, Interfaith Youth Core, Islamic Society of North America, Religions for Peace - USA, South Asian American Leaders of Tomorrow, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Sikhchic, the Sikh Coalition, Sikh Foundation, SikhNet, Sikh Spectrum, and South Asians for Obama.
For more information, visit the official film website at www.dwf-film.com or contact communications director Tracy Wells at 404.229.0997 or [email protected]
Divided We Fall will be released on DVD in October 2008.