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Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Type:
Jaspreet Kaur
(916) 396-3397
Location Details:
UC Berkeley Campus - 2040 Life Sciences Building (LSB)
Berkeley, CA

“Divided We Fall:
Americans in the Aftermath”
Written and Produced by Valerie Kaur
Directed and Produced by Sharat Raju

Divided We Fall is a film about the untold American story in the aftermath of 9/11. It is a moving story that brings us to the intersections of violence, identity, and power in America, and forces us to confront where we stand as a people. Valarie Kaur was twenty years old when she got in her car and began driving across the country. A man from her community had just been murdered. An elderly man nearly beaten to death. A woman stabbed in the head. Fragments of these stories sent across e-mail lists were not making the nightly news, only the towers falling over and over again between headshots of turbaned and bearded Osama bin Laden. As a Sikh American college student, Valarie wanted to reconcile the two faces of America— the unity of a grieving nation and the fear dividing her country. At the end of September 2001, she left behind her junior year and began a journey across the country, looking for the heart of America. Award-winning director Sharat Raju and his team joined Valarie Kaur in 2004 to create the footage into a feature-length documentary. The crew retraced Valarie's steps in summer 2005 in a second phase of production on 16mm film and interviewed again the people Valarie first met in 2001. The team has created a film that explores what it means to be American five years in the aftermath.

Weds, Jan. 31, 7:00 pm
UC Berkeley campus - 2040 Life Sciences Building (LSB)
$5.00; or free with any valid student ID
Every dollar raised will go back into film production.

For more information or directions, please contact:
Jaspreet Kaur: (916) 396-3397; <jaspreetkaur9 [at]> or Shelley Kaur: (661) 917-7295; <skdhillon [at]>

Sponsored by: PANA Institute, UC Berkeley Sikh Students Association, Gurdwara Sahib, El Sobrante, and the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF).an [at]
Added to the calendar on Fri, Jan 26, 2007 11:32AM
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