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Award-Winning Documentary to Screen

Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath (2008), the first feature-length documentary film on hate violence following Sept. 11, 2001, will be shown at the University of Redlands on Tuesday as part of a grassroots campaign for dialogue about racism, religion and renewal in America.

The film will be shown Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. in the university's Casa Loma Room. The event, which is being hosted by the university's campus diversity and inclusion office, is free and open to the public. A community discussion will follow the screening

Next month, it will screen in 50 cities across the U.S. 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.

 "Divided We Fall" chronicles the journey of 20-year-old college student Valarie Kaur as she documents hate violence against Sikhs and Muslims in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and examines the larger question of "who counts" as American.

Kaur decided to create the documentary after a turbaned Sikh man was reportedly murdered in the aftermath of the terror attack. The documentary, which was five years in the making, includes stories of fear and loss, as well as resilience and hope.

Expert analysis is included, along with highlights of Kaur's own journey as a third-generation American Sikh woman.

The film made its world premiere on Sept. 14, 2006 in Phoenix to commemorate the five–year memorial of the first American killed in a post–9/11 hate crime. It has been recognized by the State of California and film festivals, including the ReelWorld Film Festival of Toronto and the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles.

 For more information contact Leela MadhavaRau, associate dean of campus diversity and inclusion, at 909-748-8285 or e-mail leela_madhavarau@redlands.edu.


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