DIVIDED WE FALL
am, Sunday, November 12th, Roxie Cinema, San Francisco
Director: Valarie Kaur /Sharat Raju
Country: USA, (2006)
Running Time: 110min, DV
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Driven to action by the brutal murder of a man from her Sikh communityin Divided We Fall Valarie Kaur sets out across America in the aftermath of 9/11. Camera in hand she crosses the country with her cousin to discover who counts as "American" in a world divided into "us" and "them"
Whether on the streets of a still-shocked Manhattan, the steps of the U. S. Capital, or in the desert towns of Arizona, Valarie is there, capturing the untold stories of 9/11. In cafes, restaurants, homes, places of business and street corners across the country, people invite her into their lives and share their remarkable struggles with violence, fear and unspeakable loss. After months on the road, she confronts the forces that divide people in times of crisis. Her journey spirals into larger questions about how we see one another: Who looks like an enemy? Who looks like an American? Who counts as "one of us"?
Five years in the making, Divided We Fall weaves expert analysis into a personal journey and cross-country road trip where public events and private lives are not separate but shape each other, where individual voices capture history unfolding, and where even the darkest stories contain seeds of hope.
Q & A with filmmakers.