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Chances are you have never heard of Circassians, a culture on the brink of extinction. This film is a window into a world rarely seen.
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LET OUR FAME BE UNHEARD

...is a short film project set against the backdrop of the Russian-Circassian war. The year is 1858, and the Circassian tribes are on the verge of being driven from their ancestral homeland. After a crushing defeat, three Circassian soldiers escape into the woods with a Russian prisoner. In exchange for his life, he promises to take the trio to a stash of hidden war gold, which forces them to confront difficult questions about their own lives, and the future of their people.

While dealing with universal themes of conflict, anger, love, loss, and grief, Let Our Fame Be Unheard also sheds some light on the little-known history of the Circassian (also known as “Adyghe”) people.

MORE ABOUT THE STORY

Why do we go to war? What experiences create and sustain the urge to fight, kill, suffer and die for a cause? Through the soldiers' clashing perspectives on their common crisis, different facets of these questions are explored.

As their manipulative prisoner digs into their personal lives, a conflict among the most powerful inner forces is set in motion: rage, reason, fear, empathy, the need to hold on and the need to let go.

MORE ABOUT CIRCASSIANS

Circassians lived along the eastern coast of the Black Sea for centuries. Circassians were famed throughout Europe and the Middle East, the women for their beauty, the men for their bravery.

The arrival of the Russian army in 1764 marked the beginning of a hundred years of encroachment and resistance that ultimately resulted in the expulsion of the Circassian people from their native soil. Circassia's rich heritage was written out of Russia's history books.

Today, only a fraction of the world's one million Circassians live in the land of their ancestors. Most have dispersed throughout the world, now living in cities in the Middle East, Western Europe, Australia and the United States.

Governments rarely acknowledge historical misdeeds, and Russia is no exception. There are many strong voices within the modern Circassian-American community, each with their own diverse ideas about political redress, personal closure and moving forward.

GOALS

My goals for this project are two-fold: I want to tell a compelling, human story while also sharing part of the history of the Adyghe—one of the oldest and least known cultures in the world.

As a Circassian and a filmmaker, I am passionate about completing this film and sharing it with as many people possible. Once finished, the film will be published submitted to screenings and festivals around the world, and used to generate interest in subsequent productions.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Donate - No donation is too small! Every dollar helps, so any contribution is greatly appreciated. Click on "Back this Project" to donate and receive amazing and unique rewards!

Spread the word - Share our Kickstarter page with anyone and everyone! Word of mouth is critical to this project achieving its funding goal.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES

The money raised will help funding the following:
• Hiring additional crew members
• Professional level editing
• Audio engineering
• Color correcting other production completion costs
• Film festival exhibition and screenings throughout the world

A large portion of the funds will also cover travel costs for the crew.

If this project doesn't reach its goal here on Kickstarter, it will severely push us back in our goal of completing this project. Reaching our goal will allow us to complete the film. We humbly ask that you pledge however much you can and get the word out to your friends and family as well as social networking sites.

We sincerely appreciate your support.

THE CAST

Ara Woland

Shpend Xani

Peter Lennox

Brandon deSpain

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    DVD copy of Circassian dance group Narts Dance Ensemble's "Winds of Kavkaz" + everything above

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    You will receive amazing karma! Get your name on the big screen with Associate Producer credits at the end of the film and on IMDB. In addition, you get a Circassian t-shirt and a Circassian Flag! + everything above

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    You will be an honorary Hoca member! You also get a custom made Circassian themed plaque engraved with your name. Also get a recipe to cook the most popular Circassian dish - Shipsu Pasta! + everything above

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    Besides getting our eternal gratitude, you will receive everything above – except that your AP credit is upgraded to an Executive Producer credit! Also, an invitation to the NYC premiere of the film. Dinner with the Director and crew. Feast on authentic Circassian cuisine in a dinner cooked just for you. Also watch a live performance of Circassian music and dance (Travel & lodging not included) + everything above

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