We Are Not Princesses is a documentary film about the incredible strength and spirit of four Syrian women living as refugees in Beirut as they come together to tell their stories of love, loss, pain and hope through the ancient Greek play, Antigone.
Our film uses intimate footage as well as animation to follow how this group of women find laughter and purpose as they come together to perform the ancient Greek play, Antigone. In 2014, the Open Art Foundation put together a theater workshop with Syrian women refugees in Beirut to help these women find community and to help process their trauma as a result of the ongoing conflict in Syria. This film focuses on the resilient, intelligent, articulate Syrian women who are picking up the pieces of their lives and moving forward in spite of the ever-worsening situation back home.
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
We are launching this campaign because we are releasing the film independently and want to make sure it reaches as broad an audience as possible. There are two stages of making a social impact documentary film. One is actually producing the film, and the other is working tirelessly to use the message of the film to affect positive change in the world.
Our film cuts through the misinformation and fear mongering about Syrians, about Arabs, about refugees, to remind each other of our basic humanity and our shared goodness. Change takes place when affected individuals begin to change their ideas. When you finish production on a film like this, the work is not done until the outreach program has succeeded in sparking conversations and creating an open dialogue about the crisis we are facing.
We are committed to being a part of this change in dialogue and and see We Are Not Princesses as a catalyst for this discussion. We are interested in international broadcast possibilities as well as a US television broadcast because we want to engage with a wide audience in order to engineer a change of mindset.
Our target audiences are communities with resettled refugees as well as refugees themselves. We are planning for a Summer / Fall 2018 international premiere at a top-tier film festival and to show the film on the international festival circuit. After its premiere and broadcast, we are planning a multi-faceted public outreach strategy that reaches refugees and welcomes non-refugee audiences into dialogues that aim to expand the narrow conception of refugee identity experience as painted.
We intend to take the film on screening tours around Europe and the US, while also screening the film in squats, collectives, camps and other communities that house refugees in order to inspire further solidarity initiatives. After screenings, we want to bring local refugees/immigrants from any country, as well as local people from the region, up on stage to discuss their reaction to the film. Their unprepared remarks will offer honest insight into both sides of the debate and create a space for open discussion. We already have close connections with partners in Europe and the Middle East and therefore a network exists for us to organize the tour.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Together, we will launch a grassroots promotional and community outreach initiative to support our release. The more successful these initial openings are, the wider we can expand around the world, working with partners to engage communities in unique ways that can only be done in a theatrical setting.
Your help will allow us to:
- Promote our festival release and screenings by working with local and national stakeholder organizations to raise visibility of the film and the issues that refugees face worldwide.
- Travel for filmmakers and the women in the film - Travel costs alone for a few of the women who have the capacity to travel can add up to thousands of dollars. But this is so important because it allows them to participate in interviews with the press and in conversations that need to be had between refugees and the communities that give them shelter.
- Organize screenings in refugee camps or areas with large refugee communities.
- Provide free tickets to communities that typically do not go to the theaters to watch an indie documentary. Since this film is about their community, we will partner with local and national organizations to hold sponsored screenings.
- Materials - Posters, postcards and general literature creation, as well as printing and shipping costs for these materials.
Any donation to our Kickstarter campaign will help offset these costs and help us achieve the film's outreach goals.
HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?
MAKE A DONATION TO THE FILM AND YOU GET A REWARD. Choose the amount you’d like to donate, and the gift you’d like to receive. Once funding is completed, we will list your name on our website, and send other rewards by mail.
IF WE DON’T MEET OUR GOAL, WE DON’T GET ANY OF THE MONEY. That’s right, even if we’re $10 short of our goal, we won’t get the money. That’s why we need you to kick in and help us out!
IF WE RAISE ALL OR MORE THAN OUR TARGET AMOUNT BEFORE THE DEADLINE, WE GET TO KEEP THE WHOLE AMOUNT. All funds will go directly to Open Art Foundation that is producing the project. Our $39,000 goal is just a portion of our total budget to be able to finish the film and distribute it, anything we raise over that will go directly towards the our additional budgetary costs, for instance, the cost of flying the film to festivals and screenings, to having the filmmakers attend and do Q&As, etc.
I’M INTERESTED IN YOUR PROJECT, BUT I CAN’T DONATE RIGHT NOW. CAN I DO ANYTHING ELSE TO HELP? Yes!! You can personally email your friends and family to encourage them to donate, or just to let them know about the project, and you can spread the word by linking to our Kickstarter campaign on YOUR Facebook profile and YOUR Twitter feed. This is a word of mouth campaign, and its success relies on people being aware of the film. One of the most important goals of crowdfunding is to find our audience for the film.
We are happy to receive your donation from $10 to whatever you can afford, so join our growing community of supporters and help us bring this story to audiences around the world.
ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT US We'd love to hear from you! Email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Questions about this project? Please reach out to us!
Risks and challenges
We are in the process of completing the film now, so that isn't one of the challenges we face. Our biggest obstacle is making sure our film is available to as broad of an audience as possible and we have already begun to forge relationships with organizations that are committed to helping spread the word about our film, such as The Global Fund For Women.
That being said, all word of mouth about this film will help us insure that it travels as widely as possible! We thank you for your help with this huge task!
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