Valarie Kaur and Sharat Raju run Seva Productions, where they create film and television that support entertainment and social justice.
Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath
Kaur’s first film Divided We Fall (2008) with director Sharat Raju toured in 200 U.S. cities, won a dozen international awards, and became known as the go-to documentary on post-9/11 hate crimes. The Divided We Fall Campaign inspired dialogues on 100+ campuses and communities in the 2008 and 2016 election seasons.
OAK CREEK: IN MEMORIUM
The massacre in Oak Creek, Wisconsin that claimed the lives of six people on August 5, 2012 is only one in a tragically long list of recent mass shootings. Yet in this political moment – when sustained public pressure could lead to real gun control reform – the Oak Creek tragedy and response offers a vital lesson: the efficacy of resilience.
When Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided a 7-Eleven in Baltimore, they arrested dozens of bystanders on the grounds of alleged immigration violations. “Alienation” follows the story of two families swept up in the 2007 raid and examines current controversies in immigration law and policy.
The law permits police officers to stop and frisk people based on “reasonable suspicion.” Do “Stop and Frisk” police practices cause racial profiling, or deter crime? “Stigma” explores the dynamic between the community and the police through the eyes of three people who grew up on the streets of New York City.
The Worst of the Worst
Portait of a Supermax Prison depicts Connecticut’s sole supermax prison, where many inmates are held in solitary confinement for months and even years at a time. Hard-hitting interviews with a range of experts and administrators are interwoven with the powerful stories of those who spend their days within the walls of Northern: inmates and correctional officers.