Little Miss Jihad is a narrative short film written by Toronto-based writer and filmmaker, Stephanie Law. Inspired by her experiences dealing with the September 11, 2001 attacks, she has nurtured and developed this project for many years. This spring, she and filmmaker Jessica Wu moved into production and directed this film, and are currently in post-production. Stephanie is a vibrant and passionate filmmaker who has crafted an insightful and important film; she was a finalist at the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s ‘So You Think You Can Pitch?’ competition. Stephanie and her dedicated and talented team are currently raising funds for the film.
Stephanie Law (writer/producer/director)
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Courtesy of S. Law
Crowdfunding through: LMJ website (currently in post-production stage)
Campaign goal: $6,000 (currently 46% funded)
Campaign ends: August 2012
When 10-year-old, Afghani-American, Sally Khan, discovers that the father she never knew disappeared on September 11, 2001, she becomes convinced that he is a terrorist. Now if she could only figure out what that means!
Production still. Jasmine Chan as “Sally Khan.” (Courtesy of S. Law)
LITTLE MISS JIHAD is a dark comedy, yes, comedy, about faith, tolerance, and a child’s imagination running away with her.
After her shocking declaration, Sally is not prepared for the backlash that follows. I mean, who knew wanting to be a terrorist… would make people so mad? Sally’s Aunt grounds her, leaving Sally cut off from her usual, reliable source of intel: Wikipedia. So Sally enlists her best friend, Daniel, to help her prove that her Dad was a terrorist; it’s the only logical explanation why he hasn’t tried contacting her. He obviously went into hiding. So convinced of her belief, Sally ignores the impact of her Jihad for the truth on her paranoid community, friends, and family. Nothing is going to get in her way, and if it does, she’ll just blow it up! Kidding. Sorta. Sally has figured it out, and by becoming a terrorist too, her Dad has to come back for her. But when mysterious men in black suits appear in her neighbourhood, Sally becomes even more convinced that she’s hit the truth… She was so right!
But then… where is her Dad?
Production still. Martin Lindquist, Lisa Robinson, Davis Ryan. (Courtesy of S. Law)
On the LMJ website, director Stephanie Law shares how this film came to be, and says:
“It comes out of my own memories of 9/11—where I was when we found out about the attacks (having our school photos taken)—and that clear loss of innocence.”
Read about the history of this film here.
Production still. Melanie Leon as “Farah Khan.” (Courtesy of S. Law)
Production still. Rahim Hajee as “Agent Finch.” (Courtesy of S. Law)
Stephanie Law (Writer/Producer/Director)
Jessica Wu (Producer/Director)
Adam Crosby (Director of Photography)
(Complete crew credits are available on the LMJ website.)
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