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A transnational transgender documentary film project
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114 backers pledged $7,100 to help bring this project to life.

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FOR A LIMITED TIME: Watch the first 20 minutes of Rites of Passage on vimeo! http://vimeo.com/32949052

The Project

Mohammed to Maya (AKA Rites of Passage) is an Audience Award-winning film project which documents the gender transformation of Maya Jafer, known to her blood relatives as Mohammed Jafer.

As a devout Muslim, son of an abusive father, immigrant from India (Chennai) to the US, holistic medicine practitioner, and holder of TWO (not one) doctorates, Maya has had to meet MANY challenges, and fight to be the person that she REALLY is. 

Shot in vérité style, this film is an honest and truthful look at Maya's journey while undergoing her own rite of passage towards fully realized self-hood.

The Documentary

Rites of Passage is made in two parts. Part 1 documents everything leading up to the surgery. Part 2 documents everything after. Both combined make up a feature length documentary, about the right size for television broadcasting.

Part 1 (approx. 20 minutes) is finished into a short the recently won AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD at the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival.

Part 2 (approx. 30 minutes) NEEDS TO GET DONE.

Help this project get finished so we can put it on international television!

The Campaign

To reach the next level, we need YOUR help to fund specific areas of post-production. These include:

editor - approximately $2500

sound design/mix - approx. $1500

color correction - approx. $1600

credits - approx. $200

further promotion at film festivals - approx. $300

translation into other languages - varies

As you can see, it takes a little over $6,000 to get this done. We won’t aim that high on this campaign, but we hope that you will be able to help us achieve this goal by making a donation. 

Over the last year, 95% of this project has been funded out of our own pockets, and survived because of the generosity of friends (you know who you are!). Please help us reach the next step of production.

Successes

Rites of Passage Part 1 premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on November 6th, 2011 (EID AL ADHA), where it won AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD - Best Short Film.

Part 1 also recently made its NYC debut at the Williamsburg Indie Film Festival, and just began a tour of college campuses all around California. 

Right now, Rites of Passage is having THREE translations of Part 1 being made. One in Hindi, one in Urdu, and one in Punjabi, for consideration in Indian film festivals. Please contact us if you wish to volunteer to translate into another language!

Project Mission

Rites of Passage is the first comprehensive documentary of its kind featuring the life of a Muslim transgender from india as she goes through sex change.

With Maya's unique story on tape, we believe this project has the power to ignite real social change on a global level. Rites of Passage is not just about Maya, but about the realities transgenders, and minorities of all identifications, face ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Thank you for taking time to check out our project. Please continue to revisit our campaign site for updates! 

If you have not already, “like” Rites of Passage Movie @ facebook.com/ritesofpassagemovie, to get personal updates from the ROP Doc team, including Maya herself. 

SPREAD THE WORD about this movie and the mission! 

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If you have any questions, contact Jeff Roy: jeff.roy@live.com

or

violinwallah@gmail.com

Khuda Hafez

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    Your name on the webpage as a supporter of the Rites of Passage movement for international TRANSGENDER AWARENESS. (You can also anonymously give, if you're shy.)

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    Download of the completed film + above.

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    Everything above + personalized Rites of Passage - Transgender Awareness postcard thanking you for your support.

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    SIGNED pre-release DVD of the completed film + thank you in the final credits of the film (if desired) + postcard.

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    SIGNED TWO DISC DVD with additional interviews and commentary from Maya and Jeff, photographs, and trailer + thank you in the final credits + postcard.

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    SPECIAL INVITATION to the Rites of Passage private launch party (Los Angeles, Mumbai, and other locations TBA; travel not included) + SIGNED TWO DISC DVD + thank you in the final credits + postcard.

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    Unreleased SOUNDTRACK featuring original music from LGBT artists, with signed, hand-made CD cover* + SIGNED Rites of Passage poster + everything at $100. *See facebook.com/ritesofpassagemovie for a list of contributing artists!

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    Private holistic medicine consultation from Maya, time and location to be negotiated (Los Angeles preferred; travel not included) + everything at $200.

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    Private violin concert from filmmaker Jeff Roy, time and location to be negotiated (Los Angeles preferred; travel not included) + everything at $200.

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    A pair of seats at a traditional Indian food dinner party with Maya and Jeff, including a violin concert from Jeff. The dinner will take place in January 2012 in Los Angeles (travel not included) + everything at $200.

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    A pair of seats at a traditional Indian dance concert (with dinner) featuring Maya. The concert will take place in February 2012 in Los Angeles (travel not included) + Associate Producer credit in the film* + everything at $200. *Details about the Associate Producer credit will be sent to you individually.

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    DAY OF BEAUTY for two with Maya, including make-up tutorial, henna tattooing, a lesson on sari wearing (will supply), rose bath, facial + Producer credit in the film* + tickets to dance concert, dinner party, OR violin concert + everything at $200. (travel not included) *Details about the Producer credit will be sent to you individually.

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    DAY OF FUN with Maya and Jeff (together or separate), with your choice of activities, including dinner, movie, music lesson, or dance lesson + Producer credit in the film* + tickets to dance concert, dinner party, OR violin concert + everything at $200. (travel not included) *Details about the Producer credit will be sent to you individually.

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    You just helped finance post-production! Lots and lots of love from us, and a lifetime of memories to share with Maya and Jeff + Executive Producer credit in the film* + your choice of benefits at $3000 + everything at $200. *Details about the Executive Producer credit will be sent to you individually.

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Funding period

- (35 days)