A documentary that chronicles hate violence in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks will be screened tonight at Irvington High School.
"Divided We Fall" is a full-length documentary created by Valarie Kaur, who, as a 20-year-old Stanford student, began traveling the country after 9/11 to document hate crimes against her fellow Sikhs as well as against Muslims and Arabs.
Observant Sikh men, who wear turbans and grow long beards, faced increased prejudice after the attacks from people who assumed they were Muslims.
The 100-minute movie explores the lives of several hate-crime victims in the five years following 9/11 and includes commentaries from scholars, lawyers, and legislators about race, religion, and what it means to be fully accepted as an American.
The film "reminds us that all of our neighbors deserve full membership in our community," said Jack Weinstein, director of Facing History and Ourselves, a nonprofit that helps teachers educate students about intolerance. [Link]
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