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“I Am the Water, You Are the Sea”
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
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.
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
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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