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Accept the Call
Directed by
Eunice Lau

USA / 2019 / 82
minutes


In English, and Somali with subtitles

Screening Times and Venues:
SAUGERTIES Orpheum Theater
10/4/2019, 12:30PM
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WOODSTOCK Bearsville Theater
10/6/2019, 1:30PM
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Eunice Lau, Yusuf Abdurahman, Yasu Inoue
SYNOPSIS:
Zacharia Abdurahman is a Somali Muslim raised in Minneapolis. When the young man attempts to join ISIS, the FBI intervenes and puts him in federal prison for ten years. Accept the Call is the harrowing and morally complex story of how the Abdurahman family continues with their lives. Father Yusuf is horrified by his son’s decision to become a terrorist and embarks on a campaign to warn fellow Muslims to resist ISIS propaganda. Meanwhile, daughter Ikraan speaks out publicly about the rising trend of American xenophobia towards Muslims. The centerpiece of this documentary is a fascinating series of phone calls between Yusuf and his jailed son as they attempt to understand one another. Director Eunice Lau’s film is brutally frank and emotionally honest, complemented by lyrical cinematography. Accept the Call raises urgent but uncomfortable questions for all Americans. A brave and powerful documentary. — Jay Blotcher
BIO:
A former broadcast journalist, Eunice Lau has a penchant for telling stories concerning social justice. Her film Through the Fire was nominated for best short documentary at AMPAS Student Academy in 2013. She won the Spike Lee Fellowship for her feature documentary A-Town Boyz while pursuing her M.F.A. in film directing at New York University. With her training in narrative filmmaking, she seeks to bring a cinematic form to documentary films. Accept the Call" is a continuum of her exploration on the definition of the American hyphenated identity and capturing the journey of the immigrant.
MAIN CREDITS:
Cast/Featuring: Yusuf Abdurahman, Zacharia Abdurahman, Ikraan Abdurahman, Tony Osman, and Bihi Abdirizak
Executive Producer(s): Sally Jo Fiffer, Lois Vossen
Producer(s): Eunice Lau
Director(s): Eunice Lau
Screenwriter(s): Yasu Inoue and Eunice Lau
Cinematographer(s): "Anonymous"
Editor(s): Yasu Inoue
Composer(s)/Music: Osei Essed
Sound Designer(s): Matt Rocker
 
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