Joan of Arc | A Feature Film
Joan of Arc | A Feature Film
An aspiring artist in pursuit of his children is the victim of racism. The authorities are called upon, but fail to help… Why?
An aspiring artist in pursuit of his children is the victim of racism. The authorities are called upon, but fail to help… Why? Read more
About this project
Based on the true story of Bijan Ebrahimi, a British-Iranian murdered in England in 2013, Joan of Arc tells the story of an Iranian artist, Oscar, who is the victim of racism and misconduct from the authorities.
After his wife decides to leave him, taking their two children to England without a trace, Oscar moves to his wife’s city in an attempt to locate his family. His attempt to find them is fruitless, and he is unexpectedly faced with a new phenomenon, racism.
Oscar calls upon the authorities in faith that they would intervene, however, he experiences a severe case of misconduct. Oscar’s fate is sealed with a barbaric act of violence, driven by hate and wickedness - all of which could have been easily avoided if his calls for help had been answered.
Racism is present in every corner of the world, the question is... why hate, when you can love?
One simple fact: racism is on the rise.
Between 2001 and 2011, levels of self-reported racial prejudice rose sharply from an all-time low of 25% to a high of 38% in Britain. Events such as the 9/11 attacks in New York and the invasion of Afghanistan have given birth to widespread Islamophobia and growing hostility towards immigrants.
This racial prejudice has translated to a meteoric rise in racially motivated hate crimes recorded by the British police. In fact, the number of recorded hate crimes in 2013/14 rose from 44,471 by an astonishing 18% to 52,528 in 2014/15.
Racism, and with it hate crime, needs to be defeated, and one of the most effective ways of doing so is by spreading the word through creative mediums such as film and art.
This is where we come in...
We aim to shed light on the devastating impact of racism by telling the story of Bijan Ebrahimi, the victim of a savage racially-motivated hate crime some two years ago and the inspiration behind the making of Joan of Arc.
Bijan Ebrahimi, a victim of racism and police misconduct, was murdered in cold blood on Capgrave Crescent, Bristol in July 2013. Bijan, 44, had been suffering from abusive behaviour on the estate he lived on and was not comfortable living among his indecent and racist neighbours.
After recording footage of his neighbour's unruly behavior as evidence that he wished to present to the police, Lee James, his neighbour, wrongly accused Bijan of being sexually interested in his daughter. In a state of anger, Lee James entered his flat and began to threaten him.
Scared for his life, Bijan made multiple reports to the police of the threatening and aggressive acts of his neighbours, in hope that the issue would soon be resolved. However, the police failed to act and the abusive behaviour which he received from his neighbours escalated.
After numerous attempts to contact the police, they continued to ignore his cries for help, which eventually lead to Bijan being beaten to death and set on fire, left to burn on a street.
Lee James was convicted and jailed for life for the murder of Bijan. His accomplice, Stephen Norley, was given a four year jail term for assisting. PC Kevin Duffy, 52, and PCSO Andrew Passmore, 56, were convicted of misconduct in a public office and recently (February 2016) sentenced to 10 months and 4 months in prison respectively.
Footage courtesy of Channel 4. Broadcast: November 2013.
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The title of the film, Joan of Arc, symbolises the connection between Joan of Arc and Bijan Ebrahimi. They were both burned, and when someone kills by burning their intention is to eliminate every trace of their enemy - to make them vanish in every possible way.
Like Joan of Arc, whose essence survived through becoming a Saint, Bijan deserves to survive and become a symbol of the daily effort that we all have to put in to stop racism. And through this film, we want him to become a symbol not just of hate, but of Love.
We have some great people who are supporters of challenging racism by making the Joan of Arc film a reality. Here are some messages from a few of them:
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You want to support our cause to promote a world without racism — The world is becoming more and more connected, developing into a melting pot of international culture. However, racism still exists.
Anyone who has been a victim of racism or knows someone who has understands how devastating its effects can be. We believe that it’s our duty as a society to help eradicate racism and promote a world that embraces love rather than hate. Your support of this film can help us all achieve that goal!
You’re looking to support independent film and emerging talent — Our cast and team are highly passionate and hardworking. All members of the team have been researching the topic and background story for a number of years to make this possible. Let us show you what we’ve got.
You’ve got any amount of money lying around and occasionally enjoy receiving great perks — Aside from the satisfaction of knowing you helped this project come to life, we are also offering cool rewards in exchange for your donations!
So far we’ve generated 50% of the direct costs needed for the production and post production of Joan of Arc. The main cast and crew have agreed to receive their salary out of the proceeds from sales of the film once it's released.
All we need to make this film a reality is your support and donations to make up the remaining 50%. Here’s where your money will go:
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Because we are independent with limited access to funding, we need help from "Kickstarters", like you to make this film a reality.
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The crew of Joan of Arc is made up of a team with decades of experience between them. They all share a love for art and film, and feel very strongly about challenging racism through the Joan of Arc film.
Hamid Khairoldin (Director) - Hamid is a film writer and director who has directed a number of feature films in Iran. After two years of hard work and research, Hamid has completed the screenplay of the upcoming feature film, Joan of Arc, which should be released later this year.
Mohammed Dormanesh (Producer) - Mohammed is an Iranian director and producer with experience in producing and directing more than fifty movies in cinema. Mohammed is the producer of Joan of Arc and brings years of expertise to the team.
Shahriar Assadi (Director of Photography) - Shahriar has worked in film since 1982, starting his studies and training in cinematography with multiple masters. Shahriar has been nominated for and won various prestigious awards at film festivals, such as Rotterdam and San Francisco film festivals.
Kaveh Imani (Editor) - Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, graduating in film editing. He has edited a number of Iranian movies including: "Third day", directed by Hossein Latifi, 2006 and "Guidance patrol", directed by Saeed Syly, 2011.
Saeed Shaebani Nejad (Composer) - Saeed has worked as a composer and producer of music for films for the last 25 years, producing hundreds of pieces of music for short and long films. A number of the films have been nominated and won awards in national and International film festivals.
Bijan Amirebrahimi (Set Designer) - Bijan studied interior design and graduated from Tehran university on 1972. He practiced in field of architecture and interior design in Iran, Italy, Netherland and United Kingdom. He also worked as an interior designer manager in Imam Khomeini international airport.
Keyan Ferdousi (Make Up Artist) - Keyan has been working as a makeup artist since 1995. He has worked on many film projects and contributes towards creative makeup arts projects at a national and international level.
Samyar Parsa (First Assistant to the Director) - Samyar is a graduate of London South Bank University. He has collaborated on a number of films with the London Film School and is currently completing a directing workshop there. Samyar has completed a number of short films as a director and has also worked as a producer, director of photography, production manger and assistant director.
Ali Ghorashi (Head of Public Relations) - Ali is responsible for public relations on the Joan of Arc film. Since a young age, he has been fascinated by artistic works, especially cinema. Ali will be the first line of communication with the entire team, including all actors and actresses.
Maral Rose (Costume Designer) - Maral is the costume designer for the Joan of Arc film. Her theatrical background goes back to when she was 12 and she boasts experience in photography and dubbing. Maral is here to make sure every member of the team has the right outfit for the occasion.
Sedigheh Roostaei (Artist / Set Design) - Sedigheh graduated with a BA Degree and is now studying for an MA in Fine Arts from the University of East London. She is interested in printmaking, installation and of course, painting, and recently she has been holding a group exhibitions.
Additional crew members to be confirmed...
The cast of Joan of Arcis made up of actors and actresses from all walks of life and various cultures, with differing levels of experience. However, they all have one thing in common - a shared passion for challenging racism through film.
T-Ann Manora - Born in Wellington, New Zealand, T-Ann's first stage experience was as a nine-year-old in the musical, Annie Get Your Gun, and she has played theater roles ever since. In 2011 T-Ann made her first screen appearance in Spartacus, War of The Damned, as Opelia.
Mark Knightley - Mark is a British actor based in London. He has a host of experience across stage, television and film, with appearances in BBC's Holby City as well as other notable screen productions.
Gemma Rook - Gemma is a London-based British actress with experience across film, TV and stage. Gemma brings over 10 years' experience to the team and has an impressive array of skills that will make for a compelling viewing experience.
Alex Francis - Alex is an actor with experience in film, commercial, and voice over. He has played lead roles in short and feature films, and has been involved in film festivals such as the London International Sci-Fi, and Fantasia Film Festival.
Jo Shirley - Jo is a versatile actress with experience in film, TV and theater. She plays everything from Shakespearean drama to musical comedy improvisation and has appeared opposite Noel Fielding in the gothic fantasy, "The Wonderful World of Death".
Additional cast members to be confirmed, including the main character in the film, 'Oscar'. We're currently under close negotiation with a few high profile actors and will be making annoucements soon so STAY TUNED via our website: www.joanofarcfilm.org
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