“Visual media teaches us how the world works and our place in it. You may wonder, do I matter? Does society value me as a person?’” – Dr. Ana-Christina Ramón
After several years of story development and production in the United States and Iran on Home Yet Far Away, we are positioning the film to reach the widest American audiences by preparing it to be pitched to public television broadcast (PBS). We need your support to make this happen.
Iranian immigrant Sabereh sets out to find home in the United States despite long-standing political tensions between her two homelands. The sudden death of her beloved mother in Iran spins her to a journey back to her hometown of Tehran where she and her estranged father attempt to reconnect while he wants her to choose Iran as her “true home”. Meanwhile, she strives to establish a home in a cooperative house in Oakland, California where she and her nine housemates rally to save their home and community in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. From the socio-political to the personal, scenes of Sabereh’s “homes” build perspective of experiences of immigration during increasingly complex times.
Home Yet Far Away is a personal story with global relevance. In structuring the story we explore the Persian fairytale Mah-Pishooni/Moon Fortune, which represents the female heroine journey of finding home. It tells the story of a little girl who foolishly kills her mother and goes through experiences that lead to redemption, healing, and reconciliation. My 10-year journey of searching for home between Iran and the US encapsulates this female archetype.
Unfortunately, we are living in the era of increased tensions between the United States and Iran which directly impacts the lives of ordinary people. Over the past two years alone, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a racist Executive Order banning travel from seven predominantly-Muslim countries including Iran. My film aims to humanize Iranian and Muslim immigrants in the U.S. and Iranians living in Iran. By providing rich narratives of the immigrant experience, this film fosters a sense of belonging across diverse communities, compelling immigrant communities to celebrate the cultural heritage as the foundation of U.S. multiculturalism.
In the U.S., the protracted housing crisis most heavily impacts poor communities. My search for own home in Oakland grapples with the housing crisis by exploring the possibilities and challenges of co-housing as an alternative living. The main strategy in my collective living experience is to integrate the values of my Iranian family into my “chosen” family and community in Oakland, including compassionate teamwork and heart-to-heart conversations. While these qualities of “warmth” and safety are not necessarily measurable, they are crucial for building acceptance among people from diverse backgrounds.
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 now have a new co-producer in our team. We plan to raise the rest of our $60,000 goal to finish the remaining production, and create a rough cut to pitch to PBS and other broadcasters.
When completed, we are planning for an extensive educational and outreach plan and partner with other organizations as well as American academia and the open-minded public to create panel discussions and explore the various aspects of immigration, diasporic identities, and U.S.-Iran relations.
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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