From myself, Alex and Ali - thank you so much for the support! We now have the initial funds needed to move forward with our plans to film the reunion of Alex and Ali this fall in the Middle East. Your contributions, literally, are helping bring these two together for the first time in nearly 34 years. It's hard to believe that it won't be much longer before they'll be looking at each other - and holding one another - once again. Both are in their 60's - both held on to the belief that one day they would be together again. And now they will be.
It would not be happening without your support - so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
This weekend is the 4th of July weekend in the U.S. Since I didn't sleep much in June, I'm going to catch up a little bit =) But I'm also going to take the time this weekend - probably more than I ever have around Independence Day - and truly think about the freedoms I enjoy in the U.S. And how I - and all of us - can never give up on our work to empower and assist others in their quest for freedom. To inspire others that there's nothing they can't overcome, that we can't overcome, together. There's no government, no religion, no laws, no time or distance or dictator or border that can't be overcome. I don't want every nation to be just like America - I want differences, contrast, all colors of the rainbow. But I want them to be free. Free to live and to love without fear. Free to practice their religion in peace, free to love whom they want in peace.
At this time, Ali still lives in a nation where he can be killed for being gay. We'll be taking every precaution as we continue with the project to ensure his safety. But we'll also be working tirelessly to make sure that future generations of Iranians - and indeed others around the world - can live without fear.
We'll be in touch again next week - we'll also be launching the Facebook fan page for the film, and will send the link so you can connect with us and continue following the progress of our work.
If you have ideas, resources, or ways you want to continue being involved with our efforts, please let us know - we'd love to explore ways to grow and magnify our efforts.
And once again - thank you so, so much for the support.
Here we go!!!