Accept the Call
Jan 20, 10 pm
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Accept the Call

  • BY Eunice Lau | IN Identity
    Premieres January 20, 2020

About the Film

Twenty-five years after Yusuf Abdurahman left Somalia as a refugee to begin his life anew in Minnesota — which has the largest population of Somalis in the United States — his worst fear is realized when his 19-year-old-son Zacharia is arrested in an FBI counterterrorism sting operation.  MORE

Through the eyes of an anguished father desperate to understand why his young son would leave his American life behind to attempt to join the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria, Accept the Call vividly explores racism and prejudice against immigrants, the rise of targeted recruitment by radicalized groups, and the struggles of Muslim youth growing up in the US today. This intimate film captures the story of a father and son attempting to mend their relationship, after breaking each other’s hearts, showing how a parent's worry for their children is a universal predisposition. 


The Filmmaker

Eunice Lau has directed and produced several award-winning shorts and documentaries, including Through the Fire, which was nominated for Best Short Documentary at AMPAS Student Academy in 2013. A former international journalist at Al Jazeera Network, she has a penchant for telling stories concerning social justice, from dowry-killing in Bangladesh to uncovering corruption in Sarawak that decimated forests in Borneo. Originally from Singapore, Eunice has a master’s in film directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a bachelor’s in politics, philosophy, and economics from the University of York. Her works are supported by Chicken & Egg Pictures, ITVS Diversity Development Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, YouTube Impact Lab, and the Spike Lee Production Grant. LESS

Film Credits

Directed and Produced by
EUNICE LAU

Edited and Co-Produced by
YASU INOUE

Executive Producers
SALLY JO FIFER
LOIS VOSSEN

Supervising Producer
BEN SELKOW

Consulting Producer
NOLAND WALKER

Written by
YASU INOUE
EUNICE LAU

Featuring (in order of appearance)
YUSUF ABDURAHMAN
ZACHARIA ABDURAHMAN
IKRAAN ABDURAHMAN
KHADER ABDURAHMAN
ABDIRIZAK BIHI
TONY OSMAN

Consulting Producer
SUE TURLEY

Supervising Sound Editor
MATT ROCKER

Original Music Composed by
OSEI ESSED

Colorists
RANJU MAJUMDAR
SANJIT MAJUMDAR

Re-Enactment Unit

Director of Photography
HIROO TAKAOKA

Gaffer
ATSUSHI TAKAOKA

Line Producers
TAKAYO NAGASAWA
CHRISTINA CHOE

Camera Assistant
MAKOTO MATSUO
ABDIRAHMAN MOHAMED

Set Photographer
TERENCE TAN

       East               
IBRAHIM TRAORE
FRANTZDY ALEXANDRE
GARY HOLMAN
PERCY BROWN
CHRISTIAN M’BAGOYI

   Voice East                
DAN EBERLE
GEORGE CARRARA

Archival Researcher          
SOFIA SANTANA

Illustrator
THE JELLYFISH FIRM

Legal
CAMERON STRACHER

Accountant
JUSTIN PATEMAN

Publicist
ADAM SEGAL

Sound Editor                       
GIUSEPPE CAPPELLO

Associate Producer
SHEILA HAYA

Associate Editor    
NICK VIVIAN

Post Production Assistants
MANUEL CUELLAR
ROMMEL OJEDA

Post Facility
RED CIRCLE, INC

Sound Mix Facility
UNDERGROUND AUDIO

Equipment Supplier
CINEQUIPT
BORROW LENSES

Archival Materials Provided by
ASSOCIATED PRESS
POND5
WCCO, CBS MINNESOTA                       

Ikraan’s Poem Recital
“BLACK PRIVILEGE” by CRYSTAL VALENTINE

Special Thanks
ABDIRASHID DAUD
ADEEL HASSAN
AK HASSAN
ALEX KUCIW
ANDREA MEDITCH
ANDREW LUGER
ASHISH RAVINRAN
BOB FLETCHER
BURHAN MOHUMED
DAVID FELIX SUTCLIFFE
ELLEN KNECHEL
HARRIS ANSARI
IMAN EL-AMIN
IMAN HASSAM MOHAMUD
JEAN TSIEN
JUDGE JOHN R. TUNHEIM
JUSTINE AND DAVID DUONG
KEVIN LOWRY
KIMBERLY TOMES
LESLIE TAI
MASJID AN-NUR
MATTHEW POLOMBO
MELVIN BLEDSOE
NATIONAL COALITION TO PROTECT CIVIL FREEDOMS
NURUL-IMAN MOSQUE
PARENTS IN COMMUNITY ACTION (PICA)
RAUL PAZ-PASTRANA
REBECCA CELLI
SADIK WARFA
SANDRA STEVENSON
SHEIKH SHERIF
XAVIER ROGRIGUEZ
ZARINA HAMDARD

Fiscal Sponsor
INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER PROJECT

Production Support Provided by
TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE - TRIBECA ALL ACCESS

Original Series Funding Provided by
THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
JOHN D. AND CATHERINE  T. MACARTHUR FOUNDATION
WYNCOTE FOUNDATION
THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

ACCEPT THE CALL is a co-production of THE YOUTH FILM LLC and Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), in association with Chicken & Egg Pictures.

This program was produced by THE YOUTH FILM LLC, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2019 THE YOUTH FILM LLC. All rights reserved.

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Thinking about Yusuf's situation, have you ever worried about your kids joining an extremist group or getting into a dangerous situation?

AWARDS

  • Woodstock Film Festival
    Best Documentary (Nomination)
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Thinking about Yusuf's situation, have you ever worried about your kids joining an extremist group or getting into a dangerous situation?