“Divided We Fall: Americans in the Aftermath” of 9/11






    “With a reception on the outdoor patio beginning at 4:00PM, and a panel discussion to follow the film.

    In the aftermath of Sept. 11th, a college student journeys across America with a camera and captures stories of hate and healing in the Sikh American community. What begins as a solitary journey to document untold stories became an award-winning documentary film that inspired a movement for brave new dialogue about race and religion in America. Considered the definitive film on the Sikh experience since 9/11, the film is a powerful educational piece for all audiences. (Dir. by Sharat Raju, 2006, USA, 110 mins, Not Rated)”


    From FB page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1781311908805046/
    Join us for a no-cost light reception with traditional Sikh refreshments, information and community organizations at 4 p.m. on the patio of The Loft.

    Panel Discussion Following the Film:

    Moderator: Sat Bir Kaur Khalsa
    –Rana Singh Sodhi from Phoenix. Rana Singh is the brother of
    Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh man who was murdered in the first hate crime
    post 9-11 because he wears a turban.
    –Oshrat Barel: Director of Weintraub Israel Center
    –Rabbi Samuel Cohon: Senior Rabbi, Temple Emanu-El
    –Representative from Muslim Community Center of Tucson
    –Sheriff Chris Nanos, Pima County Sheriff Department
    –Reverend Elwood McDowell, Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Tucson

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Very powerful, heartbreaking movie about the racial prejudice against Sikh American community following 9/11/01, with the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi in Mesa and other murders around the country (about 19 people). The movie director (a young Sikh woman) and her cameraman cousin (also a Sikh) went across America talking with people about the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Towers. Following the movie, the panel reflected on the movie. Rabbi Cohon said “justice was not guaranteed in U.S., have to pursue it”; Oshrat spoke of her father killed in Israel a year after 9/11 by an “evil man” (a Muslim terrorist), said what good came from the inner self; Rev. Elwood spoke of compassion for the Sodhi family, that we should “attack hate with love and truth”; Sheriff Nanos said we need to educate kids that we all are “more alike than different”; and brother Rana said that he has tried to “find love not hate” after the killing of his 2 brothers, to make America more “lovable”, find strength to “understand different cultures, despite ignorance”. Sat Bir read a letter from the Muslim Community Center expressing their regrets of not being at the panel, but it is their hajj holiday. Their letter spoke of the worst Islamophobia now in U.S. history, with 61% of Americans holding unfavorable views towards Muslims. Statement from the audience was about visiting the site of the World Trade tower now; a Dutch immigrant woman said America was a great country, but not “easy to live in”; a question was asked why did the Sikh community seem to forgive the man who tried to bulldoze their property in the movie. Rana had the last word to say that terrorists are not Muslims, that terrorists do not believe in any religion, which all teach love. Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik present, and gave the intro to the movie. About 80 people in attendance tonight. A small segment of the movie at the end also compared this Sikh experience of racial profiling/violence after 9/11 to the internment of the Japanese Americans after the Pearl Harbor attack, with interviews of former internees.

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