Experimental | 6 min | 2022 | HD
Audio language: Spanish Subtitles language: English Audio Description: LINK
In the wake of 9/11, a First-Gen Muslim teenager discovers her mother’s cassette tapes.The recordings reflect her parent's migration stories and serve as a roadmap to Amina’s identity. As music unlocks memories, Amina discovers who she is.
Through the intersection of sound and memory, this film blurs the lines between surveillance and archival repair. It is indiscernible to know “who is watching who,” but in a world that is watching, Amina chooses how she sees herself.
Dedicated to my ancestors, loved ones
and a generation of youth silenced by
Islamophobia. This is a prayer for the
hearts surveilled. May our truth(s) breathe.
In order of apperance
Writer, Director, Editor
Estevan Carlos Benson
Estevan Carlos Benson
"Recordaré / In My Name" Remix
With Support From:
Islamic Scholarship Fund
Blue Veil Films
 AUSTING FILM SOICETY
 MILWAUKEE FILM
 SOUTH SOCIAL FILM FEST
23] OVER THE RHINE
 PALM SPRINGS INRTERNATIONAL SHORTS FEST
 BROOKLYN FILM SOCIETY
 CINE LAS AMERICAS
 MESILLA VALLEY FILM SOCIETY
 LAS CRUCES INTERNATIONAL FF
 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS EL PASO
 PRESA HOUSE (PBS Independent
 MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL
 MELBOURNE WOMEN IN FILM FESTIVAL
 CHIHUAHUA CITY, MX
 PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM
 CINESOL FILM FESTIVAL
 NOFF - Special Jury Recognition
 FEMME FRONTERAS
This short film is a proof of concept for the feature length script Blue Veil.
The feature script was accepted to the Sundance Screenwriters Intensive, Black List X Muslim List, Cannes List (Wscripted), Sundance Institute Latine Scholarship, NALIP Latino Media Market, published in the The Blue Print for Muslim Inclusion (Pillars Fund, Riz Ahmed / Left Handed Films, USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative) and nominated for the Athena List, Cassian Elwes x Sundance Fellowship and The Chinonye Chukwu Emerging Writer Award. It became a SFFILM Rainin Grant Finalist, featured in The Reframe Resource.
The project has received support from The Gotham’s Owning it Challenges, Athena Writers Lab, Respectability Lab, Women in Film Mentoring program, Empowered Stories and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.
Feature Length Script and pitch deck available upon request.