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The story of how a young Afghan girl changed a U.S. Marine's life. Inspired by a true story.

Marza is a short film based on a true story and real events that took place involving a U.S. Marine and a group of young Afghan villagers.  Throughout the course of his deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan, the Marine's life is transformed by the innocence and purity of a child - Marza.  On 8 September 2012, a suicide bomber killed six children, including Marza's two sisters, Parwana and Khorshid.  They refused to let the suicide bomber pass to reach the American and Coalition troops at the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).  The suicide bomber was also just an innocent youth.

This film is intended to raise awareness by providing a behind-the-scenes narrative of what the world fails to see through the eyes of the media, the military, the government, and Hollywood. It is about the sacrifice that even a young Afghan child will make for the very troops protecting them and the pain and compassion members of the U.S. Armed Forces truly feel for their loss.

The goals of this film are to:

- Tell the world the story of several unsung heroes

- Properly honor the fallen children

- Create a "war story" that depicts more than just war

- Support charitable organizations that help provide for these children

- Circulate major and minor film festivals

- Eventually develop Marza into a feature-length film

Marza
Marza
Khorshid (R.I.P.)
Khorshid (R.I.P.)
Parwana (R.I.P.) and Marza
Parwana (R.I.P.) and Marza
Parwana (R.I.P.)
Parwana (R.I.P.)

(Video of Parwana one week before the suicide bombing (click name above or copy/paste link): https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QCbLFh1edvA

promotion to Sergeant!
promotion to Sergeant!

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I am a former U.S. Marine with eight years of honorable active duty service. I have completed five overseas tours to include deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010, I produced a successful live musical charity event in Zimbabwe, Africa that involved over 50 actors, dancers, singers, musicians, and more. Together, we raised $10,000 for orphanages and charities that are self-sustained to this day. I expect to confront risks and challenges during the production of this film. However, with my reliable and committed production team, I will overcome anything in my way to see my vision followed through with quality, substance, and professionalism.

Additionally, I am currently attending school for filmmaking and will complete the courses prior to the start of principal photography. If there are any delays in the filming schedule (I have seen this happen before to many productions), I will adapt, improvise, and overcome with a calm and collected demeanor. I believe that proper prior planning will prevent the majority of the complications that tend to arise. I am prepared to handle the issues that will inevitably arise.

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