Hidden Heart

London, GB
FUNDED

Hidden Heart is a documentary film that sheds light on the courage, joys, and suffering of women in inter-cultural/faith relationships. In candid portraits, the film's protagonists struggle to understand their heritage, faith, and roles in a multicultural society. It is being made by Independent Filmmaker Zara Afzal and Executive Producers Christopher Hird of Dartmouth Films and Tehmina Kazi (Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy).

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE:

In a country representing upwards of 270 nationalities, 300 languages and 400 registered political parties, it’s difficult not to mingle. While it may seem inevitable that such exposure has led to a rise in inter-cultural and inter-faith relationships over time, this “natural” integration comes with deep pain and hardship for many people, especially within British Muslim communities, where mixed relationships are taboo. We need to engage the public on these issues ASAP. With engagement comes openness, discussion, familiarity, and ultimately change. But we need your help.

 

What inspired Hidden Heart?

My journey in making this film began in December 2010, off the back of my own experience being in an inter-cultural relationship. While I was fortunate to have the support and love of my family, I realised this isn’t the case for many women. There is a strong stigma attached to inter-cultural and inter-faith relationships within British Muslim communities. I came across women who were hiding their relationship and living a double life for fear of exile or conflict with their close family and friends. I wanted to discuss and explore the cultural and emotional challenges many of these women face within their families and communities, and find out why it’s taboo to love across faiths – why is there so much shame, and so much secrecy?

The aim of Hidden Heart is to shed light on the courage, joys, and suffering of women crossing these faith and cultural divides. In candid portraits, the film's protagonists struggle to understand their heritage, faith, and roles in a multicultural society. The bits of the film we've shown have resonated with women across the globe, cultures and belief systems, who are under pressure from tight-knit communities to conform to a prescribed identity.

Why the name Hidden Heart?

The film is called Hidden Heart because for many people this is still a love that dare not speak its name. This film aims to be a part of a movement which challenges taboos and stereotypes impacting such a love. With humour and insight, the film tells a moving story of prejudice, courage, and triumph over that prejudice.

Why is this film important?

This is a subject that is very relevant to the challenges that first and second generation Muslim women face in today's multicultural society. By showing the very real and tender struggles between individual desires and familial attitudes, Hidden Heart aims to increase cultural understanding in Britain. It will show a striking vision of a new Muslim Identity, defying the stereotype that Islam is in opposition to the West.

The Human Rights Act expressly promotes the right of choice in marriage. By highlighting these womens' stories in the public debate, I hope Hidden Heart will inspire the development of useful support outlets for these women and their families, and alert people to this human freedom that is being encroached upon. Hidden Heart will appeal to women's rights activists, interfaith groups and community support groups all working toward breaking down prejudice and fostering understanding between people.

About the Hidden Heart Crowd-Funding Campaign

This film is almost finished, but we really need your help to make it through post-production.

We believe our best chance of making the film with the sensitivity it deserves is to make it independently – i.e. outside television – and then distribute it through festivals and independent cinemas to build a following for the film. But to make it independently, we need support.

So far, we have filmed a great deal of amazing material, which needs to be turned into a polished rough cut that we can show to potential broadcasters and distributors. We are at the stage where we need an experienced editor who can help tell these remarkable stories in the best way possible - a part of filmmaking as important as it is undervalued.

If you think these are powerful stories worth telling, please donate what you can and share this video with as many people as you can (shar.es/MxSjF) through blogs, emails, Tweets, and Facebook posts. With engagement comes openness, discussion, familiarity, and ultimately change. 

 
 

     xx Zara and the Hidden Heart team

Please support this hugely important film by helping us reach our crowdfunding target!

 

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Our heartfelt thanks!
Posted: Sunday, 20 July, 2014 - 23:07

Thank you very much to all of you who backed us in this Hidden Heart crowd-funding campaign! While we didn't make our goal this time, we got a step closer, and that's what counts. 

We appreciate your help so much, and look forward to sharing updates with you as the film progresses. Please do sign up for our mailing list and stay in touch here: www.hiddenheart.com

Zara and the Hidden Heart team

News Flash!
Posted: Monday, 07 July, 2014 - 15:07
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On Wednesday 9 July at 17:15 London Time, we will hold a Thunderclap. This is a way that LOTS of people spread the word about Hidden Heart film at the SAME time. Like a storm. Here are details tinyurl.com/noftb57 Please join us!
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Hidden Heart: There's still time!
Posted: Friday, 20 June, 2014 - 15:06
Dear friends of Hidden Heart, 
 
Thank you so much for your interest in our documentary -- the more people with whom these stories resonate, the more hope we have for those who discover themselves in love outside their faith or culture. 
 
In case you're thinking, "I really wish I'd had some more time to think about this project, share the trailer with friends, or be sure that I'm signed up to receive my own copy of the completed film..."
 
You're in luck! We've decided to extend our crowd-funding and outreach campaign
 
We would like a bit more time to talk with you, share with you, and learn from you. We've had newcomers to the Hidden Heart team, and we're sure that with your help, we can reach the target goal of £15,000 that we need to complete this film!
 
But we need to get to work harder than ever. How you can help:
 
1.  Share the trailer with 3 friends, telling them why the film is important to you. 
 
2.  Post tweets and Facebook messages encouraging your community to visit our campaign site and give what they can

3.  Ask us for blog material, press material, anything to spread the word about this powerful film!
 
4.  Sign up on our mailing list for film updates: http://hiddenheartfilm.com
 
Thank you again, 
Zara and the Hidden Heart Team
 
 
Hidden Heart Beats - Only 2 weeks to go!
Posted: Tuesday, 17 June, 2014 - 11:06

Dear friends of Hidden Heart,

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our campaign -- we appreciate your support tremendously.  

Up until now, we’ve chalked up some major successes:

- Channel 4 news anchor, Jon Snow, gave our campaign a very public shot in the arm when he took to Twitter to spread the word about, what he calls, our “remarkable film”.

- Film’s Director Zara Afzal and Executive Producer Christo Hird have just returned from a fantastic "Works In Progress" screening at the UK's biggest documentary festival, the Sheffield Doc Fest. This was a brilliant opportunity to give the public, critics, and other filmmakers alike a sneak peek at the film so far. 

- Hidden Heart has caught the attention of local and national press, with Zara appearing on BBC radio to talk about the film and campaign. Hidden Heart has also featured in Golden Room - an online journal for cross-cultural relations - as well as Lapido Media and Al Arabiya News.

- And just as big... we've relied on YOU and all your readers, partners, friends, colleagues to spread the word, on Twitter, Facebook, in the lunchroom, through email...

With only 2 weeks left, at only 15% funded, we need even more people to get behind the film and help us raise the means to complete the final edit! Please continue to share and talk about the campaign when you can. It makes such a difference! 

Together, we can give strength to the voices of so many women.

Very best regards,
Zara and the Hidden Heart Team
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Off to Sheffield we go !
Posted: Thursday, 05 June, 2014 - 00:06

Sheffield Doc fest is kicking off in a couple days, myself and producer Christo Hird will be showing our work in progress film on 10th June at 10am. I am super excited and will keep you updated on twitter and facebook of the shenanigans at doc fest ! http://sheffdocfest.com/films/5684

Love, Zara x

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Our First £1,000
Posted: Thursday, 22 May, 2014 - 08:05

Thank you so incredibly much to everyone who has donated to this film so far. We are truely grateful for the overwhelming support. We have hit our first milestone of £1,000 which is amazing!

Please help us spread the word about our crowdfunding by talking to your friends about the film, and sharing the crowdfunding link on your social media pages.

Thank you again,

Hidden Heart team x

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GBP £2,704.50
18% raised of our GBP £15,000 goal
This project ended on Sunday, Jul 20th - 23:00

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We ♥ you - Prize Draw

£10.00 or more : You will receive our eternal gratitude for helping us take the final steps toward completing this documentary. Your name will also be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win limited edition Hidden Heart film goodies.

 

We ♥ you - Social Media

£10.00 or more : You are helping us take the final steps toward completing this documentary, and for this you receive our sincerest gratitude. We will also give you a personal "shout out" of thanks across our social media networks.

 

Get on the Download

£20.00 or more : Pre-buy your own download of the Hidden Heart film, which you'll receive upon its completion, along with our eternal gratitude.

 

Limited Edition Poster + Film Download

£35.00 or more : Receive a stunning limited edition Hidden Heart poster, perfect for framing, AND pre-buy your own download of the film, which you'll receive upon its completion.

 

Limted edition DVD

£40.00 or more : Pre-buy the limited edition DVD signed by the director and producer of Hidden Heart, which you'll receive upon completion of the film. You'll also be added to the 'Thank You To Our Supports' section of the film's official website.

 

Love in a Headscarf + Film Download

£50.00 or more : Receive a signed copy of the book 'Love in a Headscarf', a humorous and irreverent memoir about growing up as a Muslim woman by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed. You'll also receive a download copy of the film upon its completion, and be added to the 'Thank You To Our Supports' section of the film's official website.

 

We ♥ you - Somerset House Private Screening

£60.00 or more : 1 x ticket to a private screening of Hidden Heart at the gorgeous Somerset House screening room. Come meet your fellow Sponsume donors, Hidden Heart's Director and the lovely film team. You'll also be added to the 'Thank You To Our Supports' section of the film's official website.

 

Hidden Heart Love Bundle

£100.00 or more : Included in your Hidden Heart special delivery is 1 stunning limited edition Hidden Heart poster, 1 pre-bought film download that you will receive upon the film’s completion, 1 signed copy of the book 'Love in a Headscarf', 1 name entry into a prize draw for a chance to win limited edition Hidden Heart film goodies, and our eternal gratitude for helping us get this project off the ground.

 

Somerset House Private Screening + Extras

£150.00 or more : 1 x ticket to a private screening of Hidden Heart at the gorgeous Somerset House screening room. Come meet your fellow Sponsume donors, Hidden Heart's Director and the lovely film team. You will also receive 1 pre-bought film download that you will receive upon the film’s completion, a stunning limited edition poster, and you'll be added to the 'Thank You To Our Supports' section of the film's official website.

 

Invite to the Film Premier + Limited Edition DVD and Poster

£250.00 or more : 2 x tickets to the premier of the Hidden Heart film followed by drinks with the team behind the film, plus a limited edition DVD which you will receive upon completion of the film, and a stunning, limited edition Hidden Heart poster. Along with our eternal gratitude.

 

Be a part of the team

£1,000.00 or more : Associate Producer credit in the screen credits of the film, an invitation to the premiere of the film, drinks with the director and producers and all of the above perks !

 

Big player in the film

£5,000.00 or more : Excutive Producer credit in the screen credits of the film, an invitation to the premiere of the film, drinks with the director and producers and all of the perks !