The nation reacted and acted in different ways when the ban on muslims and people from certain countries,who are in many cases our neighbors and friends, was imposed Jan 2017. One grassroots task force, Welcoming Greater Charlottesville, decided to protect its immigrant and refugee population in and around our city by showcasing their contributions to our community and highlight them in a meaningful way. This cause was further amped when hate groups invaded our stomping grounds with their banners, swastikas and assault weapons. This group has taken the pivotal role of facilitator of this documentary. For more information or if you would have a project idea, please visit www.wgcville.org
THIS PROJECT NEEDS OVER 10K TO ENABLE US TO SHOW THE DOCUMENTARY TO VARIOUS AUDIENCES AROUND CHARLOTTESVILLE AND ELSE WHERE! SO PLEASE DON'T STOP GIVING - OUR STRETCH GOAL IS $10K - WE CHOSE A SOFT GOAL OF 5K BASED ON THE FACT THAT IT IS AN ALL OR NOTHING PROPOSITION WITH KICKSTARTER .. THANKS FOR GIVING
Charlottesville VA, a small, progressive city just south of the Mason-Dixon Line, home to a free speech monument, a community art district, the ghost of Thomas Jefferson, and an infamous white supremacist rally held in a public park named after a Confederate general. This city of creature comforts and surreal contradiction is also where the film People of Charlottesville: Know Your Neighbor finds its characters. We’re not all from around here, and that’s partly why our population is so fascinating. An estimated 12 percent of Charlottesville residents were born in another country. An estimated 10 percent of kids enrolled in our city’s public schools don’t speak English at home. In the past 20 years thousands of refugees have resettled here from 31 different countries. And yet many of the voices of immigrants and refugees in our community still go unheard—and many of their faces still go unseen. This film aims to capture the stories of Charlottesville locals who came from afar. Some of our subjects experience borders as fluid and forgiving. Others experience borders with pain, discomfort. We feature people from Nigeria, Iraq, and other countries—all with complex and inviting stories to tell. Our series of portraits don’t tout a political agenda. The questions we ask each subject are aimed to expose depth, value, and humanity—not inspire a sermon. Our film crew works closely with International Neighbors, a nonprofit formed in 2015 to serve Charlottesville’s immigrant and SIV (special immigrant visa holders, who worked alongside U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan) communities. We love International Neighbors, and they’ve introduced us to some of our favorite new residents. The film is the second part of a larger multimedia project called People of Charlottesville. The first part, Collodion Portraits, is artist Aaron Farrington’s collection of photographic images made with 19th-century wet plate technology. You can see them at City Space through April. The painstaking collodion development process will be featured in the film, serving as an analogy for the work of becoming a citizen of Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
Risks and challenges
Our challenge is to establish and affirm the unity and peaceful co-existence in Charlottesville that will remain unshaken even when a small but ugly force of divisiveness pervades our community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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