After several years of story development and production in the United States and Iran on Home Yet Far Away, we are now ready to complete the rough cut, so it can be pitched to public television broadcasts (PBS and BBC) and online networks (Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon). We need your support to make this happen.
An Iranian filmmaker immigrated to the U.S. to find freedom and independence but she struggles with lack of community and connection in the American individualistic culture. After her beloved mother’s passing, she travels back to Iran and reconnects with her nurturing and compassionate side while taking care of her elderly father. Ironically, that helps her find the strength of her own voice in the U.S., and succeed in saving her cooperative household from falling apart after tensions come to a head among housemates.
At a time of rising political tensions between Iran and the U.S. and increasing polarized environments, I am making a film that portrays my inward and personal exploration of peaceful alternatives. In developing my personal narrative, I was influenced by the individualistic masculine narrative of “self” in Hollywood movies, which was in contrast with self effacing narratives of the feminine reciprocal culture that I was familiar with. During the journey of evolution and creation of my hybrid self, I realized that even though struggling with conflict came with great suffering, it was also an opportunity for growth.
The structure of my film is inspired by a Persian architectural art called Muqarnas. This multidimensional art is consisted of many small pieces that are designed and put together based on sacred geometry. Like this art, my film is bringing together my shattered pieces of identity and reflects on the multiple realities that I have lived and experienced. That allows me to hold on to my contradictions, and to find balance and peace between them.
Me and my team have a track records of working on award-winning and broadcast documentaries. With the funds that we have raised through this crowdfunding so far, we have edited portions of the Iran footage with the help of an Iranian-American editor. We have also fully realized the story with the help of our co-producers and writers. We plan to raise the rest of our $60,000 goal to complete the remaining production, and create a rough cut to pitch to public televisions and online broadcasters. Our ultimate goal is to raise $200,000 to fully finish the film.
We greatly appreciate your support of this important film. Donors will be invited to receptions in their area where they get a chance to see a preview of the film before its final release. All donations are tax-deductible.
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