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*music courtesy Roch Mirabeau
I recently met up with Mark Williams-Washington at one of West LA’s few 24 hour spots. We’ll be collaborating on a few projects in the coming months… more later.
If you want to support an independent film like Warring Factions you
can do a few things.
1. Spread the word. Write a blog, make a phone call, send an email,
tweet, text message, and/or carrier pigeon to your friends about the
movie. Additionally, I have started a Facebook event publicizing the
release here [Link]
2. Buy the DVD. Downloading the film is great but having the DVD is
much better for sharing and holding screenings for communities and
friends. The DVD also includes features which are not included when
you download the film. When you buy the DVD be sure to donate at
least another $10 to help with future projects.
3. Donate. Films are expensive to produce but documentaries that have
a message should be made to inspire change and not to make profits..
To make future films I rely on the people to support my efforts
financially. Just as mainstream movies are financed by large
conglomerated companies, my films are made with the support of many
people who want to do their part in voicing for change.
As you may have noticed the frequency of my posts diminishing, I should explain for myself… I am still alive but have been working on a variety of different projects that sometimes my own wife can’t keep up with…
A few upcoming things you should look out for…
My coverage of Freestyle Session 12 on Dipdive… sure to be the hotness so keep checking for it.
The release of Warring Factions on DVD… I’m not giving a concrete date but I’m aiming for Eid time (end of Ramadhan).
In the meantime, here’s a message to take home:
Act like you know better, because you do.
Tell the truth and shame the devil.
Don’t be afraid of the truth but be aware of the consequences.
I recently received an message on my personal email address reading…
“I am an Engineer and Scientist with the Mujahideen Forces in Afghanistan.
I have a financial proposition that will benefit both of us greatly and if interested do indicate by replying for more directives.
FYI to the Feds… If you want to email prospective jihadis you may at least want to Salaam a brother.
Maybe not so coincidentally, this email was received one day before I was stopped (again) by the homies at Homeland Security in Seattle doing a “follow up” interview regarding my 2008 stay in Iran and the subsequent detention in Atlanta.
Since I visited Canada for less than 5 hours on an Alaskan cruise my name had to be processed by DHS. Due to my federal celebrity status I was flagged for an “examination” and a detailed search of my and my wife’s belongings.
I would rate this last run in with Homeland a 7 whereas my last experience in Atlanta was closer to a 2. This time we were able to request a female agent to search my wife’s luggage and were free to use the bathroom. We were even offered a small continental breakfast which was really the typical cop doughnut breakfast. The whole ordeal lasted a little longer than 2 hours from the time I was woken up in our stateroom to be interviewed till the officer hailing us a cab outside the port.
I hope this last run-in with DHS proves to them that they are wasting time and resources by interviewing me every time I re-enter the US.
I’m glad to say that my wife Fatemeh has started a blog. She is an amazingly talented author, poet, and person who I will spend the rest of my life with, God willing. As a filmmaker who tends to make personal work, you will undoubtedly be seeing more of her in my work and more of me in hers. I hope you enjoy her as much as I do.