November 14, 2015: arson at the only mosque in Peterborough. The hate crime, on the heels of the Paris terrorist attacks, became a national tragedy, putting the Masjid Al-Salaam in the spotlight. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lamented the attack, but praised the community’s and nation’s reaction to it: $110,000 was crowdfunded for the mosque in less than two days. But this film also tells the story of what happened after the media lost interest: most of the money was donated back to the community. This is a story of everyday racism, and the shared values needed to overcome it.
Resistance International Film Festival, Iran 2016
Samawa Cinema, Iraq 2016