A young man journeys around the US in order to answer the question, what does it mean to be a Muslim in America?
Safar is an Arabic word meaning "to journey." For this reason, it is an appropriate title for this project: it is not only a literal journey around the United States, but also a quest to find out who we, the American Muslims, are.
Over the last ten years or so, Americans have been wondering with heightened curiosity about who Muslims are and what their purpose is in America. While some (the minority) have already made up their mind - for better or worse - the overwhelming majority are still looking for answers.
Several projects have attempted to answer these questions, including last year's "All American Muslim." But one conclusion these projects never reach (they only hint at it) is the collective identity of American Muslims. Yes, to say they are diverse is an understatement, but there is a common thread in the lives of all the Muslims here that needs to be explored. Just as we have a general idea of what it means to be an American, or what it means to be a Muslim, there are also some commonalities that define what it means to be a Muslim in America.
Hence the reason for this project.
Safar is an examination of Muslims who immigrated to the U.S. and established themselves (sometimes against all odds), the generations that came after them, and those that reverted to Islam after having been raised in a different tradition. The film will touch on issues like cultural barriers (between foreign and local, as well as amongst various immigrant groups), racism, religiosity, gender separation and female empowerment, and cultural hybridity.
The film will be a composite of interviews of ordinary Muslims from all over the United States, from all walks of life.
If you would like to be interviewed for this film, please visit http://projectsafar.com/interviews/
Why We Need Your Help
While we've already done some filming in our local community, in order to get more concrete answers, we must survey communities and individuals across the country. If money wasn't an issue, this would have been long done. But as we all know, that's hardly ever the case. Here is what you will fund with your support:
- Additional production equipment and rentals
- Travel expenses (by far our largest expense)
- Film crew and technical help
**Note: $20,000 is the minimum budget in order to simply get this project off the ground. Any additional funds we raise will be put towards post-production.
We thank Allah (God) for the opportunity to be able to speak to you, and thank you for all your support. Peace and love!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $20,000 goal
Funding Canceled Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on May 22, 2012.
May 8, 2012 - May 22, 2012 (14 days)
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We will be eternally grateful and will keep you in our dua'as (prayers).Estimated delivery: May 2012
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Exclusive updates from the road. Expect to see videos and pictures of interesting things that we encounter + all of the aboveEstimated delivery: Jun 2012
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An acknowledgement within the credits of the documentary + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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Digital copy of the final cut of the documentary + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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A DVD copy of the documentary + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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A Blu-Ray copy of our documentary + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
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An electronic conversation via Skype or instant messenger with the director + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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A "Safar" production t-shirt + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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A limited edition t-shirt designed for our devout supporters autographed by the filmmakers + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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(FOR INTERNATIONAL, NON-U.S. SUPPORTERS) A limited edition t-shirt designed for our devout supporters autographed by the filmmakers + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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You will be invited to a special meet-and-greet with the filmmakers as they travel through your region (in the continental United States) + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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We will drive to you while we are filming the documentary and TAKE YOU AND A FRIEND OUT TO LUNCH (must be in the continental United States) + all of the above.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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A private screening of our documentary at your house, school, workplace, mosque, church, etc. followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers (must be in the United States) + all of the above (minus lunch)Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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A very special Ramadan surprise for two enthusiastic donors who take a leap of faith (must be in the United States) + all of the above (minus lunch)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Executive Producer status. Some would say you're kind of our boss. We say we look forward to working with you on this project.Estimated delivery: May 2012