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How did you get them to work on a student production? Well, first of all I had a great professional casting director in Mali Finn. Having her on board made a big difference in finding the best actors possible. Secondly, there are not a ton of roles for Indian or Indian-American actors, and there are not a ton of actors to choose from. So most of them, especially some of the top ones, just love acting and being part of a project that they have high hopes for. This was your graduate school thesis film and it has garnered many awards.

So I think the family, the story and the acting, all sort of come together in the film to create something that people seem to understand. I knew we had a pretty good film when we were done with it—I could not have predicted it would affect people the way it has. What period of time did filming take place and when did it conclude?

Tell us about the production process. We finished editing that summer and premiered that fall. All told, it was a year from inception to completion. Which sounds like a long time for a short film, but keep in mind we were in school, too We shot for six days, and our great producer Marcus Cano did an extraordinary job of putting together a comfortable and relatively error-free shoot on a shoestring budget.

We shot on 35mm film with anamorphic lenses, and had an extremely professional crew made up of our AFI classmates. All an all, excellent work by the production team: The chance to tell a story, to really be given a megaphone and to show the world something new—that is endlessly exciting. Americans in the Aftermath.

We follow a college student in the aftermath of September 11, as she takes a camera across the country and interviews victims of retribution violence and hate crimes, and searches for what it means to be an American. With analysis from scholars, policymakers and activists, the film puts a lens on what these stories from the South Asian, Arab and Muslim communities can reveal to us about life in a multi-cultural America.

These are my three favorite films of this second. In the next second the answer will change. If you mean it literally, then milkshakes. All of them told perfect escapist fare and created worlds that were far more interesting than the one in which I lived. People, exploration and books. Talking to people and hearing their stories always inspires me, as does going to a new town, a new state or country.

Whenever I have a chance to explore someplace new, it always makes me think: What story could be set here? And, of course, reading. Stories and books and nonfiction articles always give me new ideas or lead me down the road to a new story or concept or spark for something larger. I wanted to tell the story of a father and a son. About one who believes strongly in tradition and another who believes in the value of assimilation, and where the two intersect.

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Sep 14,  · Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath 1h 50min | Documentary | 14 September (USA) When a turbaned Sikh man is brutally murdered in the aftermath of September 11, , a college student journeys across America to discover who counts as "American" in times of crisis/10(80).

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Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath is the first feature-length independent documentary film about hate crimes since September 11, It offers vital context to today’s resurgence of hate and violence and inspires ways to respond with #RevolutionaryLove. Divided We Fall follows Kaur and her cousin, Sonny, across the United States as they investigate violence against Sikhs in the aftermath of September 11, (here's the extensive companion website, including a number a teaching points). Combining original, amateur footage, with media coverage, and later interviews and narration, the documentary raises a number of questions pertinent to studies of .

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WVU Parkersburg to host state premiere of "Divided We Fall" West Virginia University at Parkersburg will host the state's premiere screening of the award-winning documentary film, "Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath," as part of a two-day dialogue program with filmmaker Valarie Kaur on March Valarie Kaur was a year-old college student when she set out across America in the aftermath of 9/11, camera in hand, to document hate violence against her community.