You never want life imitating art in perverse ways. Back in 2011 I shot this short sizzler/proof-of-concept for a feature about a Pakistani boxer born to a Muslim family who gets wrongfully convicted of planning terrorism based on secret evidence.
It was meant to depict the destructive Kafka-like process that racial profiling can bear down on someone innocent. Now the heinous acts of the Tsarnaev brothers is such an example of life taking art for a grotesque turn.
The character that Boston and America showed in the aftermath of the crisis, acknowledging that there were some unseemly moments of xenophobia, honors the victims, their relatives and the first responders. I believe we have matured and can only get better.
I believe that because here, we are allowed to tell all stories, every side. So I’ll continue to try and get this one out. There’s new life for Dear Brother, working on a revised script and prepping for the next step. Thanks for all the support and bearing the long read!