An intimate portrait of two lovers, glimpsing into the world in which they met, moments before their execution for being gay.
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THE SHORT FILM:
Imagine two young men, nooses wrapped around both their necks. Blindfolded, their bodies hang listlessly before a cheering crowd in a packed public square. Condemned for the simple act of loving each other, these two men were executed for being gay. Their love, and the price they paid for that love, is the inspiration for this story.
In Iran in 2005, a photo was taken of two men, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhonihad, on the day they were executed for being gay. While seeming completely unthinkable, executions based on sexuality still happen, even within the last ten years. The photo of this atrocious act serves as the inspiration of our new film, Aban & Khorshid.
Aban & Khorshid explores the relationship of two men just hours before they are to be killed for loving each other. If you only had a few hours left to live, what would you share with the love of your life? What would you say? What would you do? It’s an almost impossible question to ask, yet it will be one many people around the world must someday face. In fact…
In 76 countries around the world, homosexuality is a punishable offense. In 5 of those countries, it is punishable by death.
In these final moments, Aban and Khorshid share with each other their dreams, their fears, their understanding of what life means to them. The film is an intimate and vulnerable portrait of two forbidden lovers, glimpsing into the world in which they met and fell in love.
Why We Want To Tell This Story:
From Writer/Director, Darwin Serink: A single flame can wipe away the blackness of night.
Aban & Khorshid can be the catalyst for an important conversation needed for human rights and gay rights around the world.
I grew up in a small town in northern Canada where most boys play hockey. All I wanted to do was dance. It was terribly challenging as a child to constantly stand out, as I faced a society predicated on fitting in. Looking back at the choices I made, I would never have become a filmmaker had I not been forced to find freedom and follow my heart.
Aban & Khorshid is a film to see that we are all equal. We all deserve the basic human right to love and be loved.
A Symbol For Freedom:
Designed by Sheila Milani, this symbol of freedom features a heart resting quietly within an enclosed circle made up of barbed wire. The two iconic, yet contrasting elements are a complete juxtaposition, encouraging us all to speak loudly to the freedom of love!
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About The Writer/Director:
Darwin Serink: In 2007, Serink received a BFA in Film from Art Center College of Design and has been creating images, still and moving, ever since. With years of experience as a visual effects artist on commercials and music videos, Serink’s career has been vast and varied. Recently, he placed as a quarter finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship for Screenwriting with the feature film Paper Cranes, as well as being an alumni of the OUTFEST Screenwriters Lab in 2011. Serink is currently enrolled in UCLA's Professional Screenwriting Program.
What We Already Have:
- A story: Having completed detailed research on this subject, and a script, we have great momentum to move forward with production on this important short film.
- A team: Our passionate team includes determined producers, an ingenious director, an awe-inspiring cinematographer, and a remarkable graphic designer.
- A community: YOU! Which leads us to…
How You Can Help:
Our goal is to raise funds to cover the hard costs of…
- Scouting locations
- Hard drives
- Mini vans
- Film festival fees
- You get the idea
Now it’s about getting this story out to the world. Aban & Khorshid is desperately needed to give a voice for people like Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhonihad.
If Aban & Khorshid resonates with you, make a pledge. Any contribution (large or small) will make a difference. Please share our Kickstarter link on Facebook, Twitter or your blog. We need the help of a community, spreading the word to friends and family.
All people deserve the right to love. This film is about what connects us to each other, regardless of orientation, race, gender, political association or religion. Please support this project and help bring more stories of love into our world.
Links for more information:
The IRQR’s mission is advancing human rights for Iranian queers asylum seekers/refugees to increase public awareness of their plight and to provide continued support to them where and when it is required.
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The Aban & Khorshid Production Team
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
With every film there are huge risks and challenges one faces at every level of production. Aban & Khorshid is no different. Some of our challenges and risks are:
Casting: We are going to need two very talented and willing actors to play the roles of Aban and Khorshid. The roles are spoken in Persian and will require extensive dialogue coaching. We will need to have the script translated and this will be a huge challenge – yet one that will be very rewarding.
Locations: We are in deep conversation about the location this film will be shot. Majority of the film is interiors – however – this being a verite film, we are looking into shooting over seas. This is a huge risk as we are more familiar with our crew base in Los Angeles but it is a challenge we look forward to facing.
Equipment and Crew: It is expensive to make a film. We are going to be shooting with the ARRI Alexa camera package or something comparable. A camera and lighting package can be costly. Our challenge is to acquire equipment and crew at a very reasonable rate so we can put more budget in to the production design and have money for postproduction as well.
With a team of professional filmmakers, producers and artists we are all passionate about taking on this important project and creating this film to the highest degree of quality.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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THE VISIONARY: All of the above + Associate Producer Credit. You are an amazing person and this film is going to affect thousands because of you!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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THE LUMINARY: Executive Producer title in the credits. You receive all of the above and a special edition hardcover book of images infused with the script designed by Darwin. Thank you for your generous support!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012