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ISHA is a new short film by #FiveFilms4Freedom director  Christopher Manning, and his award-winning cast and crew.
ISHA is a new short film by #FiveFilms4Freedom director Christopher Manning, and his award-winning cast and crew.
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ISHA IS A NEW SHORT FILM BY #FiveFilms4Freedom DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER MANNING, AND HIS AWARD-WINNING CAST AND CREW. 

Rahmi is a young Romanian Muslim man living in London with his mother and younger brother Cemil. His mother runs a family home that recalls their roots near the Black Sea, and speaks Romanian with her sons. Cemil has lived most of his life in London and, unlike Rahmi, is keen to prove to his teenage peers that he belongs. In the absence of their father, Rahmi is head of the family - and the bridge between the family's roots and their adopted home. But Rahmi has a secret. The double life he leads is catching up with him and soon he will discover that even the whitest of lies can shake his foundations to the core.

The film explores themes of intimacy, family, and love. It looks at what it means to forge your own path as an outsider.

WHY DO WE NEED THESE FUNDS?

Your support will make it possible for us to work at the standard expected at A-list film festivals: This means paying our cast and crew, feeding them properly during the shoot, and using the right equipment.

Your contributions will also allow us to work with European star actors brought to us by a Romanian casting director who has helped films win Berlin and Sundance. 

Finally, your donations will also ensure that the script can make it onto the screen without compromises, and that we can work with the best sound and picture post production companies in London.

ISHA HAS AN AWARD-WINNING CAST & CREW

We have managed to attract a dream team: creatives with a Cannes Palm D'Or under their belt, colleagues who have worked for years at the Sundance Institute. Others have received the coveted Panalux Prize for Cinematography, worked on BAFTA nominated titles, or collaborated with such high-profile filmmakers as Sally Potter. Exciting casting announcements are coming soon!

WHY IS ISHA IMPORTANT?

We believe that good storytelling generates empathy, breaks down borders, and fosters understanding. ISHA tells a relatable story and gives visibility to marginalised groups in a time when misunderstandings about culture, religion, ethnicity, gender and sexual minorities are rife. We want to be part of the global discussion and bring ISHA to a wide, diverse audience.

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER FROM WRITER/DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER MANNING'S #FiveFilms4Freedeom SENSATION JAMIE.

Director Christopher Manning's previous short, JAMIE, has had a million views online since the launch of the British Council/British Film Institute's 2017 #fiveFilms4freedom campaign. JAMIE has also been picked up by Peccadillo Pictures - one of the UK's leading distributors.

Following this phenomenal success, we feel it is the right time to bring you Christopher's next project, which is more ambitious, of a greater potential to garner awards at important festivals, and, most importantly, will pave the way for his first feature film based on ISHA.

 

Risks and challenges

All film projects carry the risk of not coming to completion. Filmmaking is an expensive and laborious enterprise, but we are all professionals with significant experience in our fields. And once we believe with passion in a project, we move mountains to make it happen.

We believe ISHA is meant for great things and just like with all our previous work, we will complete it, no matter what. How much money we will be able to raise will make that process slower or faster, and the resulting film more or less ambitious.

Short films, furthermore, do not usually provide a ROI in the financial sense. They can, however, build the careers of emerging talent, and being part of this process is what makes us, as well as those supporting us, invest time, energy and creativity in ISHA.

Our release dates are guided by the international festival circuit.

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    THANK YOU!

    A sincere THANK YOU for supporting ISHA.

    This also puts you on our email list, so that you are updated on our progress. You'll be kept in the loop about the making of the film and receive information about local screenings once the film has been released.

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    SOCIAL MEDIA SHOUT OUT

    A SPECIAL THANK YOU shout out on social media and ishathefilm.com, plus an environmentally friendly set of digital film art, signed by director Christopher Manning.

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    DIGITAL COPY

    You'll be the first to receive a download of ISHA as it's released digitally, AND a shout-out on social media and ishathefilm.com.

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    DIGITAL COPY + JAMIE GIFT

    The above and we will also send you (immediately following the campaign) a downloadable link to Christopher Manning's #fiveFilms4Freedom 2017 sensation JAMIE, starring Sebastian Christophers and Raphael Verrion.

    JAMIE is Christopher Manning's first collaboration with ISHA cinematographer Alistair Little. For full credits and more information, please visit jamieshortfilm.com

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    BEHIND THE SCENES + JAMIE GIFT

    The above AND behind the scenes extras from the shoot delivered via an online link.

    We will also send you a downloadable link to Christopher Manning's #fiveFilms4Freedom 2017 sensation JAMIE, starring Sebastian Christophers and Raphael Verrion.

    JAMIE is Christopher Manning's first collaboration with ISHA cinematographer Alistair Little. For full credits and more information, please visit jamieshortfilm.com

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    ABOVE + SIGNED SCRIPT

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    ONLINE SCREENING + DIRECTOR Q&A

    All of the above AND an invitation to a live online screening of ISHA*. We'll host at least three live online screenings and Q&As with writer/director Christopher Manning and producer Anna Jancsó.

    *Please note that the date of the screening is subject to film festival regulations.

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    NAME IN THE END CREDITS + LIVE SCREENING

    The above AND your name will APPEAR IN the film's closing CREDITS.

    Plus you'll be invited to attend a red carpet screening of the film in London before its release (date/venue TBD), where members of the cast and crew will be present for a live Q&A session.

    Travel and accommodation costs not included.

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    The above AND a printed still frame from the final film signed by Christopher Manning and featured talent.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT

    The above AND an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on the film. You will appear on Imdb and will be part of the core team who made the film happen!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT + PARTY

    You're an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. You'll receive all of the above, plus an Executive Producer credit on the film. You will be listed on Imdb and the closing credits together with the film's producers, AND you'll receive an invite to join us at the London-based wrap party after the final day of shooting.

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