Title: Rainbows and Crescents
Team Members: Jesus, Sasha, Michael
Production Company Name: SMJ Productions
Overview: In this documentary we discuss homophobia and Islamaphobia in the wake of the Orlando Shooting.
Audience: Age Range 16-30. Interest groups: LGBTQ, Muslims, ARAB, Immigrants, South Asians, Current events, Gun Control, Human Rights
Objective: I want the audience to take away the following from this film:
1.LGBTQ Muslims exist
2.Omar Mateen was most probably Gay himself
3.The LGBTQ community does not condemn the Muslim community after the Orlando attack
4.Muslims and Terrorist are not synonymous
Soundtrack: Piano, dramatic, possibly an Arabic or Hindi song infused in the background
Tell the reader what they will hear and see on the screen
- Interviews: (A Roll)
- Alya -LGBTQ Muslimah
- Jaiden Quinn – Friend of Orlando Shooting Victim
- Zahra Billoo Executive Director CAIR
- Gay community in Castro
- (B Roll)
- Castro District in SF
- CAIR office in Santa Clara
- Aftermath of Orlando Shooting
STYLE: Witness Protection Program look for hiding the interviewee’s identity
This documentary is a collage of peoples personal stories, set in the horrific backdrop of the Orlando Massacre, which took place a few months ago. We start out the movie with a logo of our production company (SMJ), where we the team members introduce ourselves. The film commences with a an Arabic/hip hop fusion soundtrack performed by Narcy and Shadia Mansour, two very politically aware and relevant Middle Eastern musicians. We start with interviewing a queer Muslim woman. Her identity has been hidden per her request. We start with hearing from her and then we move on to hearing from random queer locals who share their experience of the Orlando shooting and how it has affected their view of Islam and Muslims in America.
There are two montage scenes; in the first one we hear about the reaction of the local LGBTQ community and in the second one we hear about Queer Muslim communities reaction to the Orlando shooting. These scenes are mixed in with multiple dialogue overlapping each other and images that are both relevant and provocative in regards to the Orlando shooting.
We then hear from Zahra Billoo, a civil rights attorney and also the executive director or Council on American Islamic Affairs (CAIR). We discuss the pressure that this incident along with any other Muslim driven incident has on the rest of the community; furthermore we explore what seems to be a “unique burden carried out my minority groups in America”. Zahra shares a special moment where she was asked to speak at a vigil where Omar Mateen was referred to as a victim. We further explore American Muslim identity in the current heated political climate.
The queer Muslimah speaks about her identity struggles, how she must fight Islamaphobia and homophobia at the same time and how she is stuck at a crossroads where there are not a lot of supporters. We talk about her path to redemption and how she made peace with herself through her relationship with god.
We ask all the interviewee’s what they think is the solution to peace and mending Islamaphobia in America. There are many pictures that tell the story of Orlando and of the queer Muslim struggle. This story is told through pictures and peoples personal voices. Its realistic and it hit home, plain and simple.