WHAT'S BREAKING SILENCE ALL ABOUT?
Most Muslim communities are rooted in cultures that view sex and sexuality as taboo. Therefore, victims of sexual assault, who are often children, stay silent out of shame or confusion. Others fear ruining their family’s name or retaliation from family members who believe that the victim is at fault. They are frequently met with disbelief, denial, or a hush-hush mentality and families often don’t know how to deal with assault or help the survivor cope. This environment perpetuates sexual assault and impunity for the assailant who lives without blame, knowing no one will speak out.
Breaking Silence will be the first of its kind in documenting American Muslim women’s stories about their experiences, coping, coming out to their families and friends, and their insight about the change that needs to take place to help survivors, punish perpetrators, and prevent reoccurrences. The film will follow interviews with four women who have never before spoken about their assault experience on camera. We will also feature an interview with a rape crisis counselor who's life was dramatically changed by the rape and murder of a close friend. Her husband, Imam Khalid Latif, the chaplain at ICNYU and youngest chaplain of the NYC Police Department, was also interviewed and will be included in the film in order to bring legitimacy to this issue among religious circles.
BUT, we need your help in completing this film!
THE MONEY THAT YOU CONTRIBUTE WILL 100% GO TO THE BELOW ITEMS:
1. Post Production
- Color Correction
- Sound Design
- Music Composition
- Graphic Design
2. Paying for Kickstarter processing fees, along with making of rewards and shipping rewards to supporters
3. Film Festival Submission Fees
4. Tickets for director and team to attend film festivals
5. Travel fees and rental fees to screen film at various venues
Get to know us!
Nadya Ali is a 23-year-old freelance journalist and aspiring documentary filmmaker. She graduated from Barnard College with a BA in environmental biology and human rights. She has experience as a production and research associate for feature documentary films, as well as experience in conservation and human rights focused non-profits. Her passion is exposing truths relating to social, animal, and environmental issues. Nadya is the director and producer of Breaking Silence.
She was inspired to make Breaking Silence after knowing for several years about family members and friends who were sexually assaulted in their childhood. She hopes this film will help inspire them, along with millions of others, to break their silence.
Salah Anwar is a 25 year old BFA Film student at City College of New York. He moved to the US from Egypt four years ago with experience in Islamic and secular law, which helped spark his interest in pursuing documentary film and visual work related to human rights issues. Salah received the Michael Pipetone People's Award from the BMCC Student Film Festival for his efforts producing and working on two student film projects in 2014.
Javier Vazquez is a documentary editor and post-production supervisor that graduated with a BFA from the City College of New York. He has applied his knowledge of video technology and post-production to the plethora of documentary films and non-fiction television he has worked on in his short and budding career. In his work, Javier searches for the untold, the taboo and the unknown. He hopes to be part of documentaries that focus on human and animal rights.
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Risks and challenges
As with any film, there are challenges with finishing a project. Most often, there are delays in post-production. However, we are a strong team of friends who have been passionately working on this project for about a year. We have shot all the interviews that will be included in the film, and are currently working on gathering b-roll to make the editing process as smooth as possible.
Because our team is working around our personal lives, jobs, and schooling in order to complete the project, the estimated time of completion for the film is January 2015.
The project will be pursued and completed whether or not our funding goal is met, though this will push back the completion date of our film. Without funding, it will also be very difficult to submit the film to festivals, to distribute the film to community centers, and to host screenings. Funding would make this process much smoother and allow us to bring the proper exposure to this issue through our film.
The most importance aspect of this project is to Break the Silence around sexual assault in the Muslim community, along with other communities that are entrenched in cultures and traditions that view issues of sex with shame and taboo. Your funding is needed in order to bring voice to this issue, just as the powerful women in this film have done.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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