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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the
Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the
Jews, and I did not speak out --
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me.
This film is based on two simple questions: Why do people hate Israel, and what can we do about it? This summer, we will travel to the Middle East and Europe in search of answers. In Israel, a country that has thrived amidst immense hate, we will interview government officials and document young people living in the region’s only true safe-haven for minorities. In London, we will explore the fact that racism, misogyny, and homophobia are frowned upon, while anti-Israel sentiment remains socially acceptable and popular.
The goal of this film is to demonstrate the similarities between American and British anti-Israel trends, and offer a glimpse of what the future holds for members of the American pro-Israel community. History continually repeats itself, and we believe that this situation is no different. During the 2013-2014 academic year, we plan to take our film on the road, visiting select college campuses and arranging screenings with well-established student advocacy organizations and local Jewish groups. Through direct engagement and a carefully organized program, we will seek to increase awareness of and connection to Israel among American young people.
Why we need you
Shooting, producing, and distributing this film will be a very expensive endeavor, but we strongly feel that the long-term rewards will far outweigh the costs involved. Right now, as we enter a critical stage in the pre-production process, we need your help more than ever. The money we raise in this early phase will allow us to purchase equipment, secure accommodations, and reach out to additional donors. Please give what you can, and rest assured that your contribution will be used to its absolute fullest potential.
Numerous donors have agreed to pledge their support once we reach the $5,000 goal through Kickstarter.
We have secured interviews with two members of the British Parliament, and five members of the Israeli Knesset. We will release a list of names in the coming months.
On college campuses throughout the United States, as well as throughout the American pro-Israel community.
Jordan Schwartz is a Senior at Brookline High School. He has been involved in pro-Israel advocacy since early 2009, and has traveled Washington, DC. and Israel more than ten times in the interim. For this project, which is his first documentary film, Jordan will be fulfilling the role of Executive Producer.
Josh Mintz is a Senior at Andover High School, who will be studying International Relations at Tufts University this fall. His passion for other cultures, coupled with his knowledge of Europe and the Middle East, is unparalleled. For this project, Josh will assume the role of Associate Producer and Historian (and perhaps head chef!).
Adrian Koster is a Senior at Brookline High School, and plans to study International Relations this fall. He has traveled to London multiple times in the past, and hopes that his experience will help the project go smoothly. Adrian will be the Director of the film.
James Thompson is a Senior at Brookline High School, and will be studying Communications at Hampshire College this fall. James' extensive film experience will prove invaluable for the project team. James will be the Associate Director and lead Crewmember.
Will Brown is Upper Sixth at Prendergast Hilly Fields College London, and plans to study history after a gap year in Tibet. Hoping to be a foreign affairs reporter, Will has won journalistic competitions with his writings on the Arab Spring, as well as working for The Times last summer. With his extensive knowledge of his home city London, he will be ever-present to ensure all goes well.
Late June-Early August 2012
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