I am making a documentary film to give Americans a deeper understanding of my home-country Iran. I hope this film, Home Yet Far Away, can bring the heartfelt and humanized stories of Iranians to the American media. The film tells the story of how my father and I build a close and loving relationship after my mother’s death. For five years, I travel back and forth between the U.S. and Iran, staying six months in each. Beginning with a difficult and tense relationship where we were never close and affectionate, our relationship slowly transforms. Throughout the film, I also try to understand what it means to be an immigrant woman living in two opposing countries and cultures.
One of our outreach goals is to advocate for diplomacy between Iran and the United States. I grew up during the Iraq-Iran war and don’t want any human being to live with the fear and grief of war. 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 to educate audiences about promoting diplomacy with Iran, instead of using violence and threats. 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 includes 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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