WOUNDS highlights the stories of those directly impacted by drone attacks in Pakistan--in their own words.
Since the drone attacks began in Pakistan in 2004, much of the focus has been on the technology. And, although the borderlands between Pakistan and Afghanistan are endlessly debated and declared upon by journalists and pundits, the ordinary people who actually live there are rarely heard from. WOUNDS records the voices of those who have been either labeled “militants,” or summarily dismissed as “collateral damage."
We are producing 2 short documentaries as part of this project. These docs illustrate the heavy cost borne by those who happen to live on the front-lines of the American "war on terror." They contest the claims of the Obama administration, and they contest that there is--or can be--anything like a "surgical" strike.
We are almost finished with WOUNDS, but we need your help to get to the finish line! We're all independent journalists and filmmakers who are committed to telling stories the mainstream media won't. As women and people of color, we are also all too aware of the power dynamics of the American press.
We've spent a lot of our time and money on this project including filming, travel and editing. But, we need your help to finish this NOW. Every dollar helps.
Who We Are:Director, Madiha Tahir pictured here with Usman Khan who's father was killed in 2011.
Madiha Tahir. I am an independent journalist who has followed the issue of drone
attacks on Pakistan for quite some time. I have reported for PRI/BBC's "The World", Foreign Affairs, Democracy Now!, Caravan, The National, Global Post, The New Inquiry and The Columbia Journalism Review, among others. I've also co-edited a volume of essays Dispatches from Pakistan with Vijay Prashad and Qalandar Bux Memon. Twitter: @Madi_Hatter
Messiah Rhodes. I am an independent documentary filmmaker, video editor and multimedia production fellow at Democracy Now!. I focus on progressive projects. I have produced videos for Bloombergville and Occupy Wall Street which were featured on MoveOn and Huffington Post. He has also produced a documentary on the lockout of union workers at Sotheby’s Auction House (Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Museums), and the anti-foreclosure sit-ins (Occupy Our Homes) where homeowners refused to leave their homes. Twitter: @rhodesmessiah
AJ Russo. I am a video editor and motion graphics artist with over 15 years in the industry. My last project was American Autumn, a feature-length documentary about the Occupy movement with director Dennis Trainor, Jr that I associate produced and co-edited. In the last several years, my focus has been on documentary film projects and post-production support for indie filmmakers. Twitter: @ajrsuper8
Shaista Husain. I am a documentary filmmaker and screenwriter from Pakistan, Hong Kong and Khartoum. I have worked collaboratively on various Occupy documentaries, and am currently working on a screenplay based in Pakistan.
What We Need:
Every dollar helps! We need a minimum of $6,500 to get to the finish line. Specifically, we need the money to finish-up post-production, things like:
a final edit
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