We're very, very delighted that we have reached the goal for our campaign! Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed so far. We still have a number of days left in the campaign, so we're aiming to raise a bit more and we hope to reach $7,500. All of the money raised will go directly towards production and post-production costs, and it would be great to have more funds to help us make the film. So contribute while you still can, and many, many thanks again to everyone who has so far.
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Why this film
With the consistent media glare on Muslim communities, the stories and experiences of Muslims are often presented with a narrow focus on violence or on the oppression of Muslim women. For decades, Muslims have been stereotyped, vilified, and made to seem weak or uncomplicated. Furthermore, there are few films made by Muslims about Muslims and in general overall, there are few films that show American Muslims in a humanized manner.
Small Delights is a short fiction film that will bring relatable Muslim characters to the screen. The film will introduce audiences to Aziza, a character that is struggling to find her place of belonging amidst her unique cultural and personal context. Small Delights shows that Muslims in America struggle with issues of identity, self-discovery and development just like any other community. The film challenges stereotypes about Muslims and gives an accessible platform to a largely unheard voice. With your support, we will be able to move forward with the production of Small Delights, a film that greatly adds to the scope of narratives about Muslims, especially of young Muslim women. We are aiming to film in Spring 2013, and we plan on showing the finished film at film festivals and in community screenings.
Small Delights centers on teenage Aziza, who is born and raised in Brooklyn. Aziza is in love with electronic music and wants to become a music producer herself. Her parents however, aren’t so keen on that idea and Aziza begins to understand that her love of music makes her quite different from those around her.
This film is a universal story of trying to realize your place in the world, while staying true to one’s self. In Aziza’s case, she’s a music geek who has a deep and spiritual connection to electronic music. She identifies with a kind of music that seems to be out of place in her settings, like herself. Aziza struggles to find a space at home, at school, and in the music scene. For Aziza, her mind escapes through music, and it elevates her spirituality. Essentially, Aziza is her own person and has to figure out where she fits in.
Your contributions will help us tremendously to get this film made. About 30% of the film’s budget has been raised, and we need to raise $6,500 more to help us make the film we want to make.
What we need and what you get
Any amount that you are able to contribute will go directly towards helping the film get made and every dollar helps, so please donate whatever you can! 100% of the money raised will go towards the production and post-production of the film.
The $6,500 from this campaign will go towards:
$2,950 for cast and crew fees
$1,350 for location fees, set design, and equipment rentals
$2,200 for music rights and editing costs
There are many perks available at any level that you are able to contribute. Get some Small Delights goodies such as:
- a digital postcard from the film
- an exclusive music mix inspired by the film by Jay Dabhi from NYC’s 92.3 FM, and get a shout-out on the film’s facebook page
- a digital poster, and a set of stunning hi-res photos from the finished film
- a personal thank you video with behind-the-scenes footage
- a special edition DVD of the finished film
- a “Special Thanks” credit in the film, and an exclusive book of images and notes from the film
- VIP tickets to the film’s opening screening in NYC
- a signed copy of the final script
- an “Associate Producer” credit in the film, with an invite to visit us on set in NYC
How else you can help
Please spread the word about our fundraising campaign for Small Delights to your friends, family, and networks.
You can find us on:
Facebook, @henaashraf #smalldelights, smalldelights.com
We’d love to have you onboard as we continue our journey in making the film. Thanks very much for your support and contributions.
Who we are
Producer/Writer/Director – Hena Ashraf
Hena’s roots are from the subcontinent, and she spent her early years in the U.K. before immigrating to America. She concentrated in Film and Video Studies at the University of Michigan and graduated in 2008, and has been based in NYC since. Hena’s films feature characters whose multiple identities characterize them as outsiders and who struggle to find a place to fit in. These themes have been developed from her own personal experiences of being a young Muslim woman growing up in the U.K. and America. Small Delights is Hena’s second short fiction film that features young Muslims struggling with identity and belonging.
Co-Producer - Aleksei Wagner
Aleksei Wagner works at Global Action Project (G.A.P.), a youth media organization in NYC with a social justice mission, where he co-facilitates G.A.P.'s filmmaking process with LGBTQ youth and collaborates on curriculum development, fundraising, outreach, distribution, and media trainings. Aleksei is excited to help bring Small Delights to life and to bring the film to audiences.
Cinematographer - Temitope Olutunmbi
Temitope Olutunmbi is a filmmaker based in Harlem, NY. He received his B.F.A from the Purchase College Conservatory of Film where he developed his appreciation for all things related to film, video and moving image. His most recent influences include the films of Chris Marker, Dick Rodgers and the Maysles brothers which inspired his most recent film, The Olutunmbis. The film is screening as part of the 2012 season of the online showcase AfroPoP as well as the 2012 Shadow and Act online film festival. Currently Temi is in post-production on The Beard, a three-part comedy web-series, as well as shooting for various New York production outlets.