Interview with Filmmaker Chozy Aiyub (BEING X IN AMERICA)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

BEING X IN AMERICA, 11min., USA, Drama
Directed by Malik J. Ali, Chozy Aiyub
Ahmad (Arab American) tries to help Chris (African American) in solving a complex equation of being in America.

Get to know the filmmaker:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Ever since I came to the US in 2001, I have dealt with some racism myself for being Middle Eastern, and I also noticed how Blacks can be treated in an unjust manner. So I figured I will try to find a way to connect both my experience and their experience somehow. Given all the events that have happened in 2020: the killing of a few innocent black people by the hands of a few untrained and prejudice cops, along with the Black Lives Matter movement (before it turned into an organization), I figured this would be a good time to tell this…

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