9/11 Wrought Violence of Another Kind

September 16, 2008

Author: Terry Collins

Source: Star Tribune


Valarie Kaur was only 20 when she set out on a cross-country trek to gather stories inspired by hate crimes and violence against Sikh Americans following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Seven years later, her story is being watched and discussed around the country.

Tonight, her provocative, award-winning documentary, "Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath," will be shown at 7 p.m. at Macalester College in St. Paul.

Kaur's film examines the larger question of "who counts" as American. On a two-year international tour, the film has won more than a dozen awards and reached 150 campuses and communities in 90 cities across the United States

"It has been a profound, extraordinary journey," Kaur said in a telephone interview Monday. "I had to reconcile the America I knew with the stories of fear and hate in the immediate aftermath of 9/11."