Valarie Kaur

Milan Film Showing Links 9/11, Racism

February 6, 2007

Author: Allie Lowe

Source: The Dartmouth

http://www.thedartmouth.com/article.php?aid=2007020601050

In the months following Sept. 11, 2001, Samir Akhter, then eight years old, can recall being called "Bin Laden's son" by other boys at school. The boys would smash Akhter, who is of Pakistani descent, in the face with their lunch pails while taunting him. As years passed, however, the Bin Laden taunts ended.

Now when Akhter is teased,...

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Valley Sikh Community Commemorates 9/11

September 20, 2006

Source: IndiaPost.com

http://www.indiapost.com/members/story.php?story_id=5571

On September 20, 2006 IndiaPost.com reported, "For the 5th anniversary celebrations of 9-11, the honorable Governor Janet Napolitano's office contacted several representatives of different faiths including members of the Sikh community. They were encouraged to take part in various activities planned for this day at [the] Arizona 9/11 memorial that had just been completed at Wesley Bolin...

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"Divided We Fall" Documentary Premieres in Phoenix

September 18, 2006

Source: East Valley Tribune

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/index.php?sty=74116

On September 18, 2006 the East Valley Tribune reported, "Hundreds from across the Valley gathered at the Carpenters Union building in southwest Phoenix on Thursday night, the eve of the anniversary of [Balbir Singh Sodhi's] death, to memorialize him and watch the world premiere of a documentary prompted by his murder. Sodhi practiced Sikhism, a religion in which followers believe all...

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SikhNet Announces Youth Online Film Festival Winners

September 18, 2006

Source: The Hindu

Wire Service: PTI

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/009200609180311.htm

On September 18, 2006 the Press Trust of India reported, "Online film festivals are fast becoming common, but when one is held exclusively on Sikh films, it is sure to be rare. The first online Sikh film festival, held last week had both features and shorts, and drew film-makers from Mumbai to Texas alike. 'It is a Sikh media revolution of...

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'Divided We Fall' Screened at Harvard Film Archive

May 7, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2006/05/07/kaurs_divided_we_fall_documents_post_911_hate/

On May 7, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "With all the young filmmakers in town this week holding court after screenings of their work, you could get a free education on what it takes to carve an independent path in this competitive industry. Tonight at 7 at the Harvard Film Archive, 25-year-old...

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"Divided We Fall" by Tracy Wells

March 15, 2006

Source: Furman Magazine

http://www.dwf-film.com/dwf.pdf

On March 15, 2006 Furman Magazine released an article written by Pluralism Project researcher Tracy Wells about her work as communications director for the film "Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath," a documentary about hate crimes against Sikh, Muslim and Arab Americans in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Tracy is a 2003 alumna of Furman University. She writes, "While at Furman, I realized the...

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Valarie Kaur Makes Film on the "Untold American Story"

February 17, 2006

Source: Clovis Independent

http://www.clovisindependent.com/news/story/11817784p-12533733c.html

On February 17, 2006 the Clovis Independent reported, "Valarie Kaur Brar, a Buchanan High School graduate, is producing a feature-length independent documentary about hate crimes after the 9-11 terrorist attacks... The film, 'Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath,' will be released by New Moon Productions in early spring... After 9-11, when she was a...

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Sikh Taxi Driver Shot Dead in Richmond

December 27, 2005

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/13492638.htm

On December 27, 2005 the Contra Costa Times reported, "Gurpartap Singh was well-aware of the dangers of the taxi driver's profession, especially in some sections of West Contra Costa that he served. 'There are too many people who carry guns and knives,' Singh told the Times in January 1999 after the shooting death of another cab driver, Munther Salman, in North Richmond...

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