This project is a 60-minute docudrama film for national and international broadcast based on the gripping true story of Noor Inayat Khan, a young Muslim woman living in Paris who found her true calling during the Second World War. As Hitler’s Third Reich terrorized its way across Europe, Noor stood up to the forces of evil.
WHY THIS FILM?
There are hundreds of films about WW II, but the Muslim story is largely missing. Our aim is to share the story of a hero who was unique in her own right: growing up in a household with American and Indian roots. Noor’s childhood was rich with inclusion and openness to all people, even as divisive nationalism and ethnic genocide were on the rise across Europe. Because of its universal values and sheer display of heart and courage, everyone can identify with Noor Khan’s story. It will help people to see Muslims, particularly Muslim women, in a new light.
Noor’s identity as a Muslim woman did not stop her from signing up to join the fight against the Nazis. Motivated by her faith, Noor’s worldview was based on a respect for all faiths against Hitler’s ideology of ethnic and religious extermination. She suffered the same fate as millions of Jews.
In a period like ours, filled with debate about Muslim women, who they are and what they stand for, we see great value in bringing into the public square examples and stories of strong Muslim women in unconventional situations. The Muslim community rarely has an opportunity to share such stories widely. Noor Khan’s biography, shown on national television, has the potential to reach millions.
Noor was the daughter of a Muslim musician and Sufi teacher from India, Hazrat Inayat Khan, and his American wife Ora Ray Baker. After Noor’s birth in Moscow in 1914, the family moved to England and then to Paris, where she was raised.
In June, 1940, the Nazis invaded France. Noor fled to England, where she joined the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and trained as a wireless operator in the ranks of Winston Churchill's Special Operations Executive (SOE). Throughout the war, this organization secretly undermined the Axis powers in occupied Europe through espionage and covert disruption. In early 1943, Noor was dropped into France behind enemy lines as a secret agent and wireless operator. From Paris, she transmitted messages back to Britain, saving countless lives.
For a period she was the only link between the U.K. and the French Resistance. Pursued by the Gestapo, she was finally betrayed by French collaborators. The Nazis arrested and imprisoned her in Paris, where she resisted her captors, refused to name names, and twice attempted to escape. Too unruly for the Parisian authorities, she was shipped to a German prison and then to the infamous Dachau concentration camp. There she remained uncooperative and was finally killed in the last months of the war.
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UPF is a 501(c)3 educational non-profit, so donors will also get a tax-deduction if our campaign is successful and we meet the $45,000 goal. UPF will send receipts for your contribution after subtracting the value of gifts provided. Even though your credit card will not be charged by UPF, UPF will receive the funds and you will still get a tax-deduction. Every bit counts. Spread the message and check out our donation page to help.
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Risks and challenges
We have made it through the hardest part of any film: production. Now we are faced with the difficult task of making sure that the documentary, and Noor Khan’s inspirational story, sees the light of day. We are facing work in sound, editing, narration, various technical and design costs, and require $45,000 to bring the story to the light of day.
If we don’t get this final support, we run the risk of missing out on a big distribution potential. Your support will help to ensure that our film is shared with a big public audience. Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) has shown interest in broadcasting the film nationwide, but we have to finish everything in order to be able to make it anywhere. If we don’t reach our goal, we won’t be able to share her story. That’s where you come in. You have the chance to donate, and in doing so, ensure that we finish up the project and make this dream a reality.
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Of course, there are many issues that can take place during production and post-production in any film project, but we are determined to work through them in our journey to share Noor Khan’s story. We believe that we have the talent, commitment and experience to truly create something fantastic.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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