Valarie Kaur

Valarie Kaur was a 20-year-old college student when she set out across America in the aftermath of 9/11, camera in hand, to document hate violence against her community. From the still-shocked streets of Ground Zero to the desert towns of the American west, her epic journey confronts the forces unleashed in a time of national crisis – racism and religion, fear and forgiveness – until she finds the heart of America… halfway around the world.

Today, Valarie Kaur is an award-winning filmmaker, civil rights lawyer, Sikh activist, and media commentator who uses storytelling for social change. She founded the Groundswell Movement and is currently a Media and Justice Fellow at Standford Law School.

Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath

Winner of more than a dozen international awards, Divided We Fall “is an illuminating meditation upon what it has meant to be ‘one of us’ since September 11” (Harold Hongju Koh, Dean of Yale Law School). While on tour, the film opened spaces for deep dialogue in 120 cities at more than 150 universities, festivals, religious centers, corporations, and schools around the world. It is celebrated as “a starting point for the new dialogue on race and religion that is essential to America’s future” (Diana L. Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University and director of The Pluralism Project).

Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath is the first feature-length independent documentary film about hate crimes since September 11, 2001. Today’s resurgence of anti-Muslim rhetoric and violence makes the film relevant now more than ever.

A screening event with the directors was hosted by the Pluralism Project on May 6-7, 2006. The film premiered in Boston on Monday September 25, 2006 at the Asian American Center at Tufts University. This free event included a Q&A session with the filmmakers and a reception.

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