36 SECONDS: A PORTRAIT OF A HATE CRIME
A film by Tarek Albaba
In 2015, three Muslim-American students were executed while eating dinner in their home in Chapel Hill, NC. The film charts the victims’ families’ agonizing overnight pivot from trauma to advocacy as they struggle to prevent their loved ones’ deaths from being dismissed as the result of a random parking dispute. They courageously speak the truth about the hate crime that has destroyed their lives, about the overt and insidious ways racism plays out in our society and about the need to reform a hate crime system that is broken. This is a project about grace and the will to fight for the truth in the worst of circumstances.
We will highlight the need for policy change and more accurate hate crime reporting. Deah, Yusor and Razan’s story has touched millions of lives, Muslim and Non-Muslim alike. This film presents a unique way to share their legacy, provide a window into the daily lives of American Muslims, while investigating how we as a society fail them.
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