THE STORY Laila is a 20-year-old, second generation Pakistani girl who lives with her conservative Muslim father, Muhammad. When home, she seemingly adheres to the religious and cultural standards her father expects of her, but when she leaves she spends time with her white, non-Muslim boyfriend Matt who she has been hiding from her father certain of his disapproval. When Matt pushes Laila to tell the truth about their relationship, she’s forced to finally merge her two worlds together without losing the people she cares for the most.
“Laila” is an old story told in modern-day America and it tackles an issue that is especially important now in the post 9/11 era where the division between the Muslim and non-Muslim world seems ever-growing.
FUNDING Unfortunately, film making is expensive and this is where you come in. All donations to help support this project will cover the expenses of all three phases of pre-production, production and post-production like food and transportation for cast and crew, production design, locations, equipment and marketing. Once finished, the film will be sent to film festivals in the United States and abroad.
The project as already been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Albert P. Weisman foundation, a private trust affiliated with Columbia College Chicago. This is a big step toward getting this film made but we need your help to drive it home. Every bit helps and the more you give, the bigger the rewards.
WHAT ELSE? The film will be shot on the Red Camera with mostly advanced Columbia College Chicago students as crew.
A website is in the process of being created where people can view our progress as we delve further into pre-production.
All help is greatly appreciated and you can pledge to this project from anywhere in the world. If we don’t reach our goal by the deadline, no money exchanges hands.
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