on Thurs June 17th at Millennium Park, Masahiro Sugano and I were awarded the grand prize for the One Chicago, One Nation Online Video Contest for our film “1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim.” we are deeply honored and feel like the timing couldn’t have been better considering all the disheartening events around the defacement of my installation. we have many thanks including our amazing dancer Prumsodun Ok who unabashedly got on that plane from SF to work with us, having never worked with or seen us before, and for also trusting our vision and process. Many thanks also to all the volunteers, to our pallbearers, portrait participants, crew, community orgs, family, babysitters, my parents for letting us dig a grave in their backyard, and for Rominna — whose diligence, logistic skills, and thoughtfulness make you the best damn production coordinator ever!!! Finally thanks to all the voters who logged on and got their friends and co-workers to log on and vote us into the final 5. we couldn’t have done it without your mouse clicks!!! again, thank you all! The good resolution of the video is below for you to view.
“1700% Project: Mistaken for Muslim”
HD Video (5 min.)
Conceived, written, choreographed and performed by Anida Yoeu Ali
Directed, Edited, and Cinematography by Masahiro Sugano
Production Coordinator: Rominna Villaseñor
Dancer: Prumsodun Ok
Music: Matt Crowley and C.A?Y!
Vocal Engineer: Jon Monteverde
50+ Video Portraits from Chicago’s Muslim community; 8 volunteer “pallbearers”
In this video, narratives collide with music, poetry and politics to create a complex and layered experience. A poet, dancer, angel, prisoner converge with members of the Muslim community to speak, deflect, and intervene against racial profiling and hate crimes. This convergence exemplifies a spirit of defiance and resistance from communities of people who refuse to end in violence.
This spoken word video is a collaboration between artist Anida Yoeu Ali and filmmaker Masahiro Sugano with over 50 diverse volunteers, participants and community members in the Chicagoland area. It is part of an ongoing project that engages art as a form of intervention against the racial profiling of Muslims in a post 9/11 era. The larger project titled “The 1700% Project” uses a multi-faceted artistic approach to educate the wider public about the diversity within the Muslim community. The number 1700% refers to the exponential percentage increase of hate crimes against Arabs, Muslims and those perceived to be Arab or Muslim since the events of September 11, 2001.