I had the great pleasure a year ago of seeing a powerful feature film documentary called Divided We Fall. I cannot recommend this film more highly, and it is showing EVERYWHERE in the US this month. Yes, that’s right, there are showings in all 50 states in the next 3 weeks. So check out where it’s playing near you. The subject is Sikhs in America after 9-11. The film is structured as a kind of road trip, with Sikh American Valarie Kaur and her cousin heading out on a cross country journey to meet and interview hundreds of people in search for answers about fear and racism in America, and particularly, why an innocent Sikh man was murdered in Arizona just days after 9-11. Some of the more haunting interviews include a Sikh doctor who was near ground zero during the attack, and who had to flee for his life from people who accused him of being a terrorist. When later, the film draws a comparison between the Sikh community after 9-11 and the Japanese-Americans during World War Two, its powerful message comes to light. The title of the film is apt, because, indeed these attitudes make life in America worse for everyone, not just Sikhs. We all lose something. Everyone in America should see this film. If you are reading this and you make it to a show, please hit me with an e-mail and your comments. Below, you’ll find more info, and their website is http://dwf-film.com/
The film has premiered in 60 cities with 100 screenings around the world and opened spaces for deep dialogue and storytelling. Click here to see where we’ve been.
This September 2008, communities across America will hold dialogues around the film in honor of this year’s 9/11 anniversary. Join the Divided We Fall Campaign. Contact us to bring us to your campus or community.