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Speed Sisters: Racing in Palestine

The Middle East's first all-women motor racing team takes on the street car racing circuit of the occupied West Bank, Palestine.

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Now celebrating their 40th anniversary, Women Make Movies continues to achieve international recognition with Academy®, Emmy® and Peabody nominations and awards, as well as at Cannes and Sundance, including this year’s Academy® winner SAVING FACE. Women Make Movies, a non-profit feminist media organization, is the world's largest distributor of films by and about women and our Production Assistance Program helps women get their films on the screen. Contributions for this project are tax-deductible via Women Make Movies and to the extent permitted by law.

Speed Sisters is a member of WMM's production assistance program and is proud to have WMM as our fiscal sponsor for tax-deductible donations. All contributions will be received and processed on our behalf by WMM. If you have any problems with the Paypal form, please email us at film@speedsisters.tv

 

CAMPAIGN TARGET MET - AND LEFT IN THE DUST!!! 

You did it! We did it! We all did it together!

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has contributed to our campaign and allowed us to not only meet, but to exceed our goal! We are inspired and thankful beyond words and so glad you have joined us on this journey.

Please join us on Facebook and Twitter for updates as we work towards completing the film! We look forward to sharing it with you. 

 
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HELLO THERE!

Hi, I’m Amber Fares, and I’m making a documentary on a group of Palestinian women race car drivers known as the Speed Sisters - the first all-female racing team in the Middle East!

I met the Speed Sisters three years ago. Since then they have taken me on a wild ride throughout the West Bank, Jordan and even into the UK.  I have spent more time around burning rubber and in speeding cars than I ever thought imaginable.  

I have also been incredibly fortunate to witness the changing Middle East through their eyes: bids for statehood, prisoner releases, and the Arab spring to name a few. I have been invited into their homes and welcomed into their families as if they were my own. As an Arab-Canadian trying to make sense of my own identity, this experience has been life-changing for me.  

These women are amazing, strong willed, loving and funny as hell.  They never cease to inspire me by their determination to live life on their terms, while still being true to their culture and heritage. They will not only shatter every stereotype we ever had about Arab women; they will be a source of inspiration for girls and women around the globe who are trying to figure out their place in a changing world. 

I think the story of the Speed Sisters can really make a difference. Please help us get it made!

Speed Sisters - Indiegogo

THE FILM

Revving their way through the male dominated Palestinian streetcar-racing scene, the Speed Sisters have been heralded as the Middle East’s first all-women racing team. Independent, determined and always on the move, they have deftly charted their own course through the pressures of social expectations, family dynamics, community politics and an ongoing military occupation.

The thrill of acceleration has provided a glimpse of what may be possible for their future in a rapidly changing Middle East. The team now stands poised to break onto the international arena and to represent an inspiring image of Palestine and of Arab women.

Mona, a veteran Speed Sister says. "When I drive, I understand freedom. As racers we get a taste of normality. We are used to being stopped at checkpoints, but on days we have races, we fly through them. One day, a woman from Palestine will win an international Formula race.” 

Our documentary will follow these women in their quest to determine their own future in a year set to be a turning point for the region, for the team and in each of their lives.

 

WHERE WE ARE

We have spent the past few years developing the film: building our relationships and getting to understand the stories behind the headlines. There’s enough breaking news coming out of this part of the world. It’s time for something fresh and personal! 

We have already filmed dozens and dozens of hours, but the real push to complete the film is still to come.

We have gotten exceptionally enthusiastic feedback from several major potential funders. They love the story and what they've seen. But, before they get on board they want to see more edited material. We need your help to keep filming and then to edit a new work-in-progress that will capture our vision for the final film and win them over!

We also have a group of global NGOs who would love to be a part of spreading the word, hosting screenings and promoting the film once its done. We're confident that we can start a lot of conversations with this film around the world when it's out.

Amber and Tina

WHAT WE NEED

Now a few races into the 2012 racing season, we are about to enter a serious phase of production. The money raised in this campaign will help to

  • partially cover production equipment for filming through 2012
  • hire professional crews to help bring race days alive on screen
  • allow us to travel with the team to races and events outside of the West Bank
  • edit a new work-in-progress video to show to potential funders.

Any money raised beyond our goal will go to further cover production expenses and to help with paying for editing. Filmmaking is expensive! Seriously, we had no idea just how before we dove in three years ago. There's plenty more to cover beyond the goal of the campaign!

  

TIMELINE

With your help, we will be ablt to continue filming on and off the track through the 2012 racing season, which runs through to November. With your support will be able to properly capture the sounds and sights of the races with a full crew - so you can see and hear the cars zipping by with good feel-it-in-your guts sounds and quick-cutting visuals. By the end of the year we hope to have completed our primary production and to be ready to enter post-production in early 2013. The final film is tentatively scheduled for completion by September 2013.

  

PERKS

By supporting this film you join the global community of Speed Sisters (and Brothers!). Your contribution of any size will help to make this film possible. To express our thanks we have put together different packages of perks, detailed on the right side. Want to give more than our max level? Ahalan wa Sahalan. Let's talk!

 

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP 

Please spread the word to friends and family about the film and about the Speed Sisters!

Click the Like and Tweet buttons at the top of this page just under the video to spread word about this campaign.

Leave us a comment and tell us what being a “Speed Sister” means to you. Or send a few words of support to the team. We’ll make sure they get it.

Join us on Facebook and Twitter to follow progress on the film and get behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the film. Please share the links with your friends!

Facebook: www.facebook.com/speedsistersthefilm

Twitter: @speedsisterfilm

Check out our website: www.speedsisters.tv

Email us! film@speedsisters.tv

 

THANK YOU

We have been fortunate to receive several development grants to help get us started from the British Consulate General Jerusalem, PUMA/Britdoc, CBA Worldview, and BBC Storyville, and the Sundance Institute.  

Thanks to the Palestinian Motor Sport and Motorcyle Federation for welcoming us into the racing scene! And in particular to its founder and president Khalid Qadduorah for his support and patience with the process.

Thank you to Rasha Shaheen for permission to use her song “Bubble Gum” in our campaign video. 

Thanks to Nina Zidani for her stylin’ design of our print and online graphics.

 

THE ROAD AHEAD 

We have been so fortunate to have received the wonderful support described above. Yet, filmmaking is a drawn-out and costly process. Even with this help, it’s a long and winding road and we’re pretty much running on empty now. There's still a long way to go, and we need your help to fill the tank in order to get to the next station in the process!! Join us for the ride!

Thank you!

 

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A NOTE 

** A few people have had issues with the Paypal form. If the form does not accept your credit card, please consider donating directly through Women Make Movies at this link (scroll down to find Speed Sisters):

http://www.wmm.com/filmmakers/sponsored_projects.aspx?cmd=nt

Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for the support! **

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