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An uplifting story of Palestinian youth in Gaza on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown.
An uplifting story of Palestinian youth in Gaza on a quest to shatter the Guinness World Record for the most kites ever flown.
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Memorable year for Flying Paper: Watch film online & support our upcoming project in Gaza

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Dear friends and supporters,

We hope you are having a restful break over the holidays. We wanted to share an end-of-year update on our film with you. 

This has been a memorable year for Flying Paper with a Premiere at the United Nations in New York this spring, our work on the ground during the devastating war in Gaza this summer, online release of the film, and worldwide distribution undertaken by Journeyman Films. 

Here are some highlights and some exciting news on our plans ahead:

1. After months of intensive post-production work, we completed a New Broadcast HD version of our film (52 mins in duration) and it Premiered at The New School in New York on April 12th to a heartwarming audience response. See an article about the NY Premiere.

2. The new HD version of Flying Paper is now available for online streaming via Distrify, subtitled in four languages (English, Arabic, French and Spanish), while the original 72 min Director's Cut is now available exclusively on DVD (for $25 including shipping).

3. On May 28, 2014, Flying Paper screened at the United Nations headquarters in New York including a panel discussion with Co-Director Nitin Sawhney, Robert Turner, Director of Operations for the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) among others. The event was webcast live (video archive online here) and documented in a news article.

4. During the devastating war in Gaza this summer, our co-producer Anne Paq bravely documented the dire situation on the ground through her stunning photography. We subsequently published an article in the Israeli +972 magazine with an exclusive 7-min excerpt of Flying Paper.

Photo by Anne Paq/Activestills.org taken in Beit Hanoun, Gaza on August 3, 2014.
Photo by Anne Paq/Activestills.org taken in Beit Hanoun, Gaza on August 3, 2014.

5. In August 2014, we were excited to have U.K.-based distributor Journeyman Films take on Flying Paper for Worldwide Distribution. The film is now available on their online catalog for purchase via download, online streaming and on DVD.

6. During the fall, we continued to screen the film at Universities, International Film Festivals, and Benefit Events for humanitarian relief efforts in Gaza, with our community-based partners. We plan to have more screenings at Schools and Colleges in coming months, while focusing on Educational Distribution for the film. Let us know if you have suggestions for screenings too.

7. Finally, we are excited to announce production on a New Sequel to Flying Paper, based on recent footage shot by our team in Gaza (Anne Paq, Abeer Ahmed and Anas Hamra), highlighting the struggles of Palestinian children and families during the most recent war, including many characters who were featured in our original film (such as Musa, Widad and Abu Ziad). We are currently seeking support to complete this film in the next 6 months, given the urgent humanitarian and political situation in Gaza.

If you are interested in our upcoming film project, we'd be happy to share a brief edited segment and you may contribute a tax-deductible donation via Fractured Atlas. We hope to raise $25,000-$30,000 in coming months to support production work on this new film. We'll be sharing more details soon, so please help us spread the word.

Thank you for all your generous support of our efforts this past year, and helping us make Flying Paper such a success. Warm wishes for the holidays.

Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill
Co-Directors, Flying Paper

United Nations Screening of Flying Paper + Live Webcast today!

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Dear friends and supporters,

We are delighted and deeply honored that the United Nations Division for Palestinian Rights has decided to host a special screening of our film Flying Paper at the U.N. headquarters today. 

The event will be held at the Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium at the U.N. on Wednesday, May 21st 3:30pm - 6:00pm, with a Live Webcast provided here: http://tinyurl.com/kvq75va

Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium at the U.N.
Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium at the U.N.

The formal program includes remarks by Maria Rubiales de Chamorro, Permanent Representative of Nicaragua, Riyad Mansour, PO of the State of Palestine to the UN, and Robert Turner, UNRWA's Director of Operations in the Gaza Strip. After the screening there will be a panel discussion moderated by Mr. Maher Nasser, with co-director Nitin Sawhney, editor Rafael Parra and Robert Turner participating. U.N. accredited NGOs are invited and the event is open to the public. 

More details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1412860648993097/

The U.N. has previously screened acclaimed films such as Omar and 5 Broken Cameras, both of which were nominated for the Academy Awards. So it’s quite an honor to have them host our film. 

We will be screening the latest 52 min broadcast cut of our film completed in post-production just this week, with all footage re-captured and color-corrected for the highest quality. This will be the first time this new HD version of the film will be screened publicly.

We hope some of you will be join us at the UN or tune-in to the live webcast today. The video will also be archived on the site for later viewing.

This is clearly an important moment for the film in it's journey over the past 4 years, gaining such recognition by the U.N. We sincerely hope it will boost the film's outreach among wider global audiences, as we continue our efforts for international broadcast, video-on-demand, DVD release and educational distribution in coming months.

Your support and contributions have helped us get this far and we hope will continue to sustain our efforts to advocate for Palestinian youth in Gaza through this film.

Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill 
Co-Directors, Flying Paper

United Nations Headquarters in New York
United Nations Headquarters in New York

New York Film Premiere with Guatemalan film on kites this weekend

Dear friends and supporters,

As you can imagine we've been quite consumed with festival screenings, post-production and outreach efforts for our film these past months. We are delighted to finally host the New York Premiere of our film this weekend. 

It will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7:30 pm at the John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY. 

New School Blog Article | New School Event Page | Facebook Event Page

The film has been over 4 years in the making, with HD post-production of the new 52 min broadcast cut of the film being completed just this week. 

Flying Paper: Final Post-production editing for the new broadcast cut of the film.
Flying Paper: Final Post-production editing for the new broadcast cut of the film.


The film has been screened in over 20 international film festivals and is being prepared for wider public distribution this year. We plan to release our official DVDs, video-on-demand and educational outreach efforts over the next 2-3 months. 

This weekend co-director Roger Hill and I will be joined by our editor Rafael Parra and award-winning filmmaker Mona Eldaief for a panel discussion hosted by Melissa Friedling at The New School. 

We'll also be premiering a short film Xik Vuh / Ala de Papel (Paper Wing) made by Edgar Sajcabun and the Kamin community art collective, a touching story about kites in Guatemala.

There will be a reception following the screening with Palestinian food & drinks from the Tanoreen restaurant.

So if you happen to be in New York this weekend, we hope you can join us for the celebration and invite friends and family along.

Thanks to all who have supported us in this cinematic journey these past years...

Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill
Co-Directors, Flying Paper

Flying Paper: New York Film Premiere
Flying Paper: New York Film Premiere
New short film Xik Vuh / Ala de Papel by Edgar Sajcabun and Kamin art collective from Comalapa, Guatemala.
New short film Xik Vuh / Ala de Papel by Edgar Sajcabun and Kamin art collective from Comalapa, Guatemala.

Flying Paper DVD for the Holidays ...

Dear friends, Wishing everyone happy holidays! 

We were delighted that we received our first shipment of DVDs from the manufacturer yesterday just in time for the holidays, and the new packaging looks great. We are looking forward to sharing it with you to thank you for your generous support of our film Flying Paper.

This specially designed DVD is part of a limited production run for our early contributors (who donated over $50), before the official DVD is released in a few months. We have begun mailing them out to many of you already, so we hope you will enjoy watching the film with friends and family over the holidays.

If you have not done so already, please respond to our Kickstarter survey to share your mailing address or email it directly to us. If you would like additional copies mailed to you or as a gift to anyone, we'd be happy to do so for a small contribution online of $50 or more to support our ongoing efforts for the film.

Since its premiere in May this year, Flying Paper has screened in over 17 film festivals and has won 4 awards including the Jury Prize in the Human Images competition at the Baghdad International Film Festival, and garnered much press coverage. The film has screened in countries including the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Iraq, Indonesia, Guatemala and Palestine.

We are excited that Journeyman Pictures, a distributor specializing in cutting-edge international documentaries, has taken on Flying Paper to bring it to audiences worldwide through broadcast channels, video on demand and educational markets in the coming year. 

We are continuing our outreach and advocacy efforts, while supporting educational efforts for the youth in Gaza including Abeer and Musa, who were featured in our film. We'd like to thank Steve Herbert (our music producer) who made a generous donation to support part of Abeer's university expenses next year.

We appreciate your continued support of this project. All contributions are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas. You may donate online or via check to: Flying Paper Productions, 563 Teresita Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94127 

Learn more about the film and stay tuned to all the exciting developments in the coming year through our website: www.FlyingPaper.org 

Thanks and warm wishes for the holidays,
On behalf of the Flying Paper Team 
Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill, Co-Directors 

Flying Paper Festival Premieres, News Coverage and Special DVDs for Supporters

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Dear friends,

As the holidays approach we wanted to share some exciting end of year updates about our film and a special gift we’ll be sending to many of you shortly (see details below).

Over the past few months Flying Paper has been receiving a great deal of attention through screenings and awards at international film festivals and wonderful press coverage and film reviews worldwide. Some notable articles were recently written up in the Times of Israel, Contrary Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Gulf Times.

Festival Screenings and Distribution
We had our Middle East Premiere on November 30th at the Ajyal Film Festival for the Young organized by the prestigious Doha Film Institute in Qatar. Other prominent screenings in the U.S. included the St. Louis International Film Festival, The Boston Palestine Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts, The United Nations Association Film Festival in Palto Alto and the ArcLight Documentary Film Festival in Los Angeles; we had quite a busy few months traveling to speak with audiences in all these festivals.

Since it’s premiere in May this year, Flying Paper has screened in over 17 film festivals and has won 4 awards including the Jury Prize in the Human Images competition at the Baghdad International Film Festival. The film has also been screened in countries including the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Iraq, Indonesia, Guatemala and Palestine, with a heart-warming reception everywhere. We hope to have special premieres in New York, San Francisco and screenings in universities and festivals around the world through next spring.

We are delighted to announce that Journeyman Pictures, a distributor specializing in cutting-edge international documentaries, has taken on Flying Paper to bring it to audiences worldwide through broadcast channels, video on demand and DVD/educational markets in the coming year. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get this film widely seen through a well established and credible distributor.

Supporting our Youth in Gaza
While the film has garnered much success, we were disappointed that our lead characters Abeer (aged 18) and Musa (aged 16) were unable to join us at the youth film festival in Doha last month due to the unfortunate travel restrictions imposed on Gazans, despite the sincere efforts of UNRWA on our behalf. Fortunately, our co-producer Anne Paq managed to go to Gaza and captured a brief one minute video message from Abeer, which we screened in Doha (also in Arabic) – we hope you will find it touching as well. 

However, on a more positive note, we managed to raise some funds for Abeer’s university expenses in Gaza over the next year, as she strives to begin a career in Journalism someday. Yet there is so much more we wish we could do to support the youth and families struggling in Gaza today. This film is just one part of raising awareness and bringing much needed global attention to the issue.

Sneak Preview DVD of Flying Paper
Finally, we know that many of you are eager to see the film and receive rewards for your generous donations to support our film. We are excited to announce that we have just placed an expedited order for a limited DVD production run of the film. We have designed special 4-panel DVD packaging (see the 3D model online) for this sneak preview edition.

We will be mailing these out to anyone who already contributed $50 or more to the film, as a special holiday gesture. You will receive a kickstarter survey to share your mailing address with us soon, else you may email it to us by next week so you may receive your copy over the holidays.

The official DVDs and online HD downloads of the film will not be available from our distributor until sometime in February/March, but for an online donation of $50 or more to Flying Paper by the end of December, we would be happy to send an additional DVD to anyone you wish. Given the limited production order, please make your request soon. All contributions are tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas, and will support our ongoing advocacy and outreach efforts for Flying Paper.

Thanks to you this film continues to bring the uplifting story of resilient Palestinian youth in Gaza to audiences around the world. We look forward to another exciting year ahead.

Best wishes for the holidays,

Nitin Sawhney and Roger Hill 
Co-Directors, Flying Paper