ANNUAL SIKH FILM FESTIVAL 2006:
DIVIDED WE FALL: AMERICANS IN THE AFTERMATH
At Ground Zero, Amrik Chawla tells Valarie Kaur what happened to him on 9/11 for the film Divided We Fall. Minutes after Amrik ran from the collapsing towers, a group of men pointed at him and yelled, "You terrorist, take that turban off." Amrik found himself running for his life the second time in one morning. He was the first of thousands of Americans who encountered hate violence after 9/11.
In the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, a college student drives across the country with her video camera, capturing stories of hate crimes and violence in Sikh, Muslim, and Arab American communities. Stories of fear and unspeakable loss. But also resilience and hope. Four years later, she retraces her journey to find out how much has changed, and how much has stayed the same. Interweaving analysis from leading scholars, lawyers, and legislators, the film offers a unique look into the nature of fear, discrimination and violence that divides Americans in times of war.