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Barzan is a documentary feature about an Iraqi-American refugee and family man accused of assisting an Al-Qaeda terror plot in the US.

WE MADE IT, THANK YOU!

Wow, are we impressed and so thankful to all of our wonderful backers! But just because we've met our goal, doesn't mean we don't still need your help. We still have additional post costs like score, subtitling and marketing/distribution costs to help get this film seen. Consider making a donation today and become part of this important film!

THE MOVIE

In 2005, Sam “Barzan” Malkandi, an Iraqi immigrant and beloved family man, was working toward a piece of the American Dream in a Seattle suburb. But a footnote in the 9/11 Commission Report, connecting him to a high-level Al-Qaeda operative, changed everything. Five years of detention and multiple appeals later, Malkandi was deported back to Iraq--leaving behind his wife and two children.

CLICK here to see our first two-minute trailer.

OUR STORY

Last year Barzan Director Alex Stonehill and Producer Sarah Stuteville, traveled to Iraq and conducted a series of interviews with Malkandi. Upon returning to Seattle, Stuteville and Stonehill, co-founders of the multimedia journalism nonprofit the Common Language Project, joined forces with the Last Quest, a local production company, to turn their reporting into a feature length documentary.

A little over a year later we are here and we are looking for your help to complete this important story so that it can be told in its entirety, for the first time, to audiences around the world.

We have spent the past year crafting a story that explores the controversial issues of immigration, xenophobia and the price of security in the 21st century.  This film takes its audience on an epic geopolitical journey from the front lines of the Iran-Iraq War to the refugee camps of Pakistan and finally into the opaque government agencies charged with keeping us safe, even at the cost of freedom.

We have shot roughly 20 hours of footage with Malkandi in his current home in Northern Iraq--the first and only extensive interview he’s given. We’ve also interviewed his family here in the United States and sat down with friends, neighbors, lawyers, experts and aggressively pursued government viewpoints and court records from the case.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Making a high-quality, investigative movie is expensive! We have funded this project out of our own pockets (which aren’t that deep!) and we have applied for grants to help cover some of our post-production costs. We have also secured support from the Independent Filmmaker Project as our fiscal sponsors.

But now we need your help to finish this project and make this important film a reality. $8,400 will help us cover some the remaining post-production costs (listed below). WE NEED TO REACH THE FULL $8,400 OR WE GET NOTHING! Thank you in advance for your support of independent documentary!

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

Animation: Sam’s journey takes us through some of the most interesting locations, complex conflicts and crucial moments in recent Middle Eastern history. The animation in our film will draw on actual photographs from Sam’s life (as well as historical archives) but will also represent the fantastical, ethereal quality of memory, but great animation is expensive! Luckily we’re connected to awesome animators that want to be a part of this project and are willing to do the work for a discounted $5,000.

Additional Post-Production Costs: color-grading (making the film look nice!) and audio mix (making the film sound nice!)  - $3,400

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

This film is a collaboration between the non-profit journalism outlet, the Common Language Project (CLP) and the Seattle based media production company the Last Quest (TLQ).

The CLP has spent the past the past six years reporting from around the world on issues underreported in mainstream media, traveling to countries such as Iraq, Pakistan, Ethiopia and Syria to report on important issues like water access, child labor, education, refugees and immigration.

The Last Quest has produced film and video in the Seattle area since 2008 and believes that “everyone has a story to tell.” Throughout the company’s history they have produced both fiction and non-fiction work with an emphasis on utilizing new filmmaking technologies coupled with the intense desire to not only tell important stories but to have them reach as many people as possible.

The CLP and the TLQ have worked on numerous short documentary films that have both played and won awards at such prestigious places as: the Seattle International Film Festival, TedxSeattle, the International Documentary Challenge and DC Shorts.

CONTACT US

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TWITTER - @BarzanTheMovie

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FAQ

  • We aim to finish the film in the fall of 2012 in order to qualify for Sundance and South by South West Film Festivals.

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