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indieWIRE's Project of the Day: Binational Romantic Reuniting "I Am the Water, You Are the Sea"

By Indiewire | Indiewire June 30, 2011 at 2:37AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.
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indieWIRE's Project of the Day:  Binational Romantic Reuniting "I Am the Water, You Are the Sea"
An image of Alex and Ali from the 1960's. [Image courtesy of the filmmaker].

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.


"I Am the Water, You Are the Sea"

Tweetable Logline:

The true story of 2 men, a Peace Corps volunteer and an Iranian Muslim, who fell in love in the late 60s, reuniting for the first time since

Elevator Pitch:

My uncle Alex went to Iran with the Peace Corps in 1967. While there, he met and fell in love with Ali, an Iranian Muslim man. They were together in secret for 10 years until they were separated by the Islamic Revolution. They have kept in touch - and in love - ever since. This fall, I'll be accompanying my uncle to the Middle East where he and Ali are going to be reunited for the first time in over 33 years.

Production team:

Producer/Director: Malachi Leopold
Editor: Elisa Bonora
Composer: Andrew Edwards
Sound Design: Stephen Dewey
Sound Editor: Geoffrey Rubay

About the Production:

"The true story of my uncle Alex, 'I am the Water, You are the Sea' is about breaking down barriers – barriers of fear, intolerance, misunderstanding, hate. Barriers of politics, religion, laws. Barriers that, for me, were rather formidable. Who would have thought that I, the son of an Evangelical minister, would go on to direct a film about the reunion of two gay lovers, one of them a Muslim? I think the message of the film is all in its title – “I am the Water, You are the Sea.” We’re all the same, connected, one – in the here and now. It’s a beautiful thing." -- Malachi Leopold

Current Status:

The team will be filming the reunion of Alex and Ali in the Middle East in the fall of 2011. The documentary will be completed by summer 2012.

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