Iman, a Pakistani woman, met Evan, a New York native, while the two were film students in New York City. Iman is on a student visa and just returned from a trip to see her family. After being together for 4 years, the two get engaged and are planning to get married. However, during an interview with an immigration officer, Iman’s world is about to collapse. The immigration officer is suspecting her of immigration fraud. He is asking her to present “material proof” that she is entering the marriage with a US citizen “in good faith”. During the interrogation, the officer is very persistent, wants to find out more and more details about their engagement and upcoming marriage, and asks several questions that Iman finds inappropriate. She has already disappointed her family by running off to New York and pursuing her dream of becoming a filmmaker. Some of the proof that Iman is being asked to provide would reveal details that not even her family knows. And what Iman considers the most important proof, her pregnancy, would make her family either kill her or have her killed. PROOF is a film about a young couple that celebrates their love and their individual and shared struggles, in a world where immigration becomes an increasingly polarized and polarising societal issue.
The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.View all of femalefilmfestival's posts.