I am making a documentary film to give Americans a deeper understanding of my home-country Iran. This film, Home Yet Far Away, is shaped around my relationship with my father in Iran. When I go back to Iran after my mother’s death, I start to see my father in a new light. I always loved and respected my father, but we were never intimate and affectionate. When I go back, he says that I should either stay there forever or leave, and I lie and say that I will stay. Our relationship starts with distrust, but we slowly start to make agreements. We agree that every year, I stay six months in Iran. Eventually we become close and loving, for the first time, I hug and kiss my father. I experience my father’s love which allows me to love men.
I hope this film can bring the heartfelt and humanized stories of Iranians to the American media. I grew up during the Iraq-Iran war and don’t want any human being to live with the fear and grief of war. I am making this film to advocate for diplomacy between Iran and the United States. It is something that most American and Iranian people want, and I think it is essential for peace in the Middle East.
When completed, the film will be shown as part of an extensive outreach effort to educate audiences about promoting diplomacy with Iran as a preferred U.S. international relations strategy. We are planning to work with Iranian-American policy organizations, as well as academia to discuss various aspects of U.S.-Iran diplomacy, and economic relations. The outreach plan also include educational programs for Iranian-Americans to engage in the American political process.
I and my co-producer Jennifer Crystal Chien have track records of working on award-winning and PBS broadcast documentaries. We are aiming to have a rough cut of the film by August 2018. We have a $191,000 funding gap from our $470,000 total budget. We want to raise $60,000 through this crowdfunding campaign to get us to the rough cut. These funds will cover the costs of the editing team, the producing team, and pick-ups shoots to finish production. We have $8,000 in matching funds from East Bay Community Foundation, which will only be given if you give to support this project. All donors are invited to a film preview event in Oakland, California in Spring 2019.
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