Flying Paper tells the uplifting story of resilient Palestinian youth in the Gaza Strip on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown.
This feature-length documentary film is directed by Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill and co-produced with a team of young filmmakers in Gaza.
Since summer 2010, we began working with a great team of Palestinian youth whom we trained through our Voices Beyond Walls youth media program to cinematically capture the culture of kite making and flying among youth and their spectacular record-breaking event, despite the ongoing blockade in Gaza.
Please check out our short Video Trailer online.
Many people around the world (Boston, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Gaza) have contributed to the making of this film. We were fortunate to be awarded a small National Geographic All Roads Seed grant last year; these and family contributions have allowed us to complete much of our production work thus far.
We need to raise at least $25,000 through Kickstarter by June 5th to complete the film this year. Even small contributions can make a huge difference for independent doc films like ours.
A professionally-edited film with a strong following will allow us to raise additional funds for further post-production, approach international broadcasters, and distribute the film to audiences worldwide.
If you plan to be in New York, we invite you to a sneak preview of the film hosted at the New School on Monday, May 21, 7:00 pm. If you are interested in hosting a private pre-screening fundraiser elsewhere please let us know.
We hope this film will showcase the creative voices of Palestinian youth, one that American and global audiences so critically need to hear amidst the ongoing turmoil in the Middle East and the recent youth movements for change occurring across the region.
Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill
Co-Directors of Flying Paper
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