Herewith an update written by Azadeh Khatibi from our directors Azadeh Moussavi & Kourosh Ataee in Iran about our crowdfunding campaign, Finding Farideh, road to the Oscars:
$16,587!!!! We have raised 82% of our $20,000 goal to bring our incredible “Finding Farideh” documentary one step closer to the Oscars!
Thank you so much to each and every one of our supporters who has donated, tweeted, shared, followed and supported this project! We are overwhelmed with gratitude for everyone who has supported “Finding Farideh” so far. It takes a global village to bring a small, vital Iranian documentary to the Academy Awards.
As independent filmmakers who live in Iran, we often wish our problems- like those of other independent filmmakers in the world- were mostly related to providing the essential requirements of making a film. But the truth is that we live in a world of inequality: a world where the power and ideology of politicians overshadow everything to such a tremendous extent that we do not even have the right to enter the United States during the Oscar campaign. We will never forget this missed opportunity for connection. Furthermore, we will never forget that due to sanctions and lack of an international cargo delivery service between Iran and the United States, in order to send the DVDs and hard drives of “Finding Farideh” to the Academy, we had to put our trust in an old man we’d met at the airport who was heading to the United States. We will never forget that we watched him pile our precious film package atop his diabetes and cholesterol pills to take to New York, and from there send it to Los Angeles. We will never forget that when we find ourselves picked as Iran’s submission for the Academy Awards but with no budget for an Oscar campaign, we launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money, but the American platform stopped our campaign just after a couple of hours due to sanctions because this project was from Iran. And we will never forget the hardships of these several weeks, right in the vital moments of our Oscar campaign, when we found ourselves in deadly socio-political turmoil in Iran that caused the internet to be shut down for a week, severing our connection to the rest of world.
Nevertheless, we deeply believe that the power of cultural exchange through cinema can open all the doors that are closed by the politicians and the borders they have set. We believe that art and culture hold potential far greater than any sanction or policy. And from the bottom of our hearts, we hope the day comes when we can live in a world where none of these distances and limitations exists.
The campaign is NOT OVER— we still need money for publicity, screenings and outreach, and to pay our publicist who has a great track record of getting films short-listed for nomination. We have 4 more days to get to 100% so please dig deep, and tell your family, your friends, your co-workers and let’s keep the momentum to complete the $20,000 for publicity to the Oscars going!
This is the link: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/finding-farideh-road-to-the-oscars#/