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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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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