Dear Friends,

Twenty years ago, my cousin and I began a road trip across the country with a camera. A family friend had just been murdered in a hate crime. Racial violence was erupting across America in the aftermath of 9/11. But our stories barely made the evening news. We went from city to city as a college student, capturing the stories of people of color who insisted on their dignity in the face of relentless violence. That journey became the award-winning documentary film DIVIDED WE FALL: AMERICANS IN THE AFTERMATH.

I am proud to announce that we are re-releasing DIVIDED WE FALL for free for this 20th anniversary of 9/11.

 

You can watch film for free, download dialogue guides + lesson plans, and send a message to the families, all on our 9/11 Learning Hub: 911hub.org

As we criss-crossed the country in the months after 9/11, I thought we were documenting a chapter in U.S. history, a brief explosion of hate toward Muslim and Sikh Americans.

Fast forward to today: Hate and mass violence are part of our daily lives. Politicians incite hate as a political weapon. And white supremacist violence on many of our communities has skyrocketed. My son heard his first racial slur “Go back to your country” at four years old. 

It can feel like nothing has changed. But one thing has changed: You.

I have never seen multiracial uprisings for solidarity on this scale before, from the fight for Black lives to stop Asian hate. Together we can create a shift in culture and consciousness — a way of being and seeing that leaves no one outside our circle of care. We can practice a love without limit — revolutionary love

So I invite you to watch the film or host a screening this 20 year anniversary. This is the work of reckoning and repair. Let’s tell the truth about our history, understand our present, and reimagine our future. 

Yours,
Valarie

P.S. Please share the film trailer on social media! And share your experience of the film. Use the hashtag #DividedWeFallFilm.


DIVIDED WE FALL: AMERICANS IN THE AFTERMATH
The go-to documentary film on hate crimes in the wake of 9/11

A college student sets out across the country in the wake of 9/11, camera in hand, to document stories of hate violence on people of color, especially Sikh Americans. Galvanized by the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh father and family friend, Valarie Kaur captures stories that were not on the evening news. From the still-shocked streets of Ground Zero to the desert towns of the American west, her journey confronts the forces unleashed in a time of national crisis–racism and religion, fear and forgiveness. Kaur’s film chronicling her journey, Divided We Fall (2006) 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.

Now on the 20 year anniversary, we re-release the film for free, along with dialogue and educational guides.

Go to 911Hub.Org