Islamophobia-Fighting Film Adeela Turns to IndieGoGo for Funding

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The Orange County-based cast and crew behind Adeela, the film motivated by the Islamophobia gone wild display in Yorba Linda last year, feel the that the time is right to fully develop the vision of their project. After a fundraising event at Golden Nights Restaurant in Buena Park last month proved to be a successful start, the producers decided to postpone shooting and turn to IndieGoGo to raise more money in order to do the film justice.

"We had about 75 people turn out, Muslim and non-Muslim alike," says director Nicholas Paul Ybarra of the initial fundraiser. "Although the movie is about a serious subject, the event didn't seem morose at all. Everybody who was there was happy that we are making this project. We were not expecting to fully raise our goal but we got a good start."

The plot for the film centers on the romantic relationship between Adeela, a hijab wearing Muslim woman and the son of a small town conservative councilman. They both set out to have her sing the national anthem at a local 4th of July festival which inflames temperament and arises questions about the town's destiny.

In the quest to tell that story on screen, this won't be the first time Ybrarra and crew have turned to popular internet sites to funding. Less connected last year, they attempted a Kickstarter campaign which ultimately proved unsuccessful. They've learned from that experience, though, as they now put their hopes into IndieGoGo. "At this point, we have a lot more people and organizations involved with the project," the film director says. "It made sense to go into something like this."

Most of the fiscal and institutional support so far has come from Anaheim's unofficially designated enclave of Little Arabia which is ever-evolving into its role as a civic crucible. Filmmakers hope that online contributors, who receive perks at different pledge levels, are reflective of the cast and crew itself. "I think it's great that we have so many culturally diverse people involved," Ybarra adds. "They are amazing and more importantly than anything, they all want to see this film do amazingly well."

All the actors are on board with the message behind Adeela even if those in OC and beyond are doubtful and leery. "The film is not a promotion for the Islamic faith nor it is not an attack on any one particularly group of people," Ybarra reassures. "It's about a woman who happens to be a Muslim and meets a man undergoing changes and they deal with a situation that forces them to ask the question about the greater good."

Now, if Adeela can meet an operational goal in order to get off the ground without further delay, then it will be all good!

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Abdul Keddou
Abdul Keddou

More Islamist's what MODERATE Muslim clerics say about the bogus concept of 'Islamophobia':


"American Muslims Commend FBI for Rejection of CAIR"

We undersigned American Muslims, have long known the true character of CAIR and its allies. Therefore:

* We observe their commitment to radical aims, their attempts to chill free speech by calling critics of radical Islam “ISLAMOPHOBES,” and their false, ugly accusations against moderate American Muslims who disagree with their agenda.

* We reject any claim that CAIR and its supporters are legitimate civil liberties advocates.

* We congratulate the FBI for adopting a firmer attitude toward CAIR, as a defense of Americans of all faiths from the menace of radical Islam, including Muslims of all backgrounds—Sunni, Shia, Sufi, secular, etc.

master bader
master bader

Doesn't sound like my type of movie.

There was another movie maker trying to raise funds the same way to make a movie about an American basketball player going to Iran to play professional basketball.   That looked much more interesting. 

While I condemn the behavior and general anti-Muslim bigots of some who attended the Yorba Linda event (there is no excuse to scream things like go back home), I think people went to the event to protest the keynote speakers had good reason to do so outside the event.

I have no problem with people protesting against the likes of Malik Ali ideology and never did hear a good answer why he or the other controversial guy were invited to be the keynote speakers to a fund raiser.      

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