“In a nation divided by fear and ignorance, it is imperative to tell stories that build empathy through understanding; to fight against the reduction of nuanced realities to tweetable bites.”
#DirectedbyWomen had a chance to chat with independent filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal recently to talk about her work and the campaign underway to fund her feature film Forbidden Steps, “a uniquely Muslim-American story of patriotism and the right to pursue the American dream.” The crowdfunding campaign is live now on Seed&Spark.
DBW: Iram, in these volatile times you label yourself a Filmmaker | Activist and describe yourself as a “Physics Olympian turned filmmaker.” What kind of impact are you hoping to make in the world? How has switching from science to film helped you realize your vision?
IPB: I want to engage people in conversations of universality, empathy, survival and the commonality in being different. I want to minimize us vs them so we can unite and face the challenges of a world getting more complicated and warmer by the minute.Continue reading →