Short Docs | Anuz Thapa


>>>I’m always fascinated
about telling stories where people feel
oppressed, you know, where people feel that they are
not part of the system.>>>My name is Anuz Thapa.
I am a multimedia journalist based in New York
City. I produce video stories, especially long-form
storytelling. I was a news anchor, program
producer in Nepal on a television called News
Times for television. I worked there for five
years then I have worked for BBC in Nepal. I was
also a radio news anchor in Nepal. I migrated to
New York City in 2014 because I won a W.H. Visa
lottery. I recently graduated in December 2017 from CUNY
Graduate School of Journalism.>>>He came to the U.S. in
1995 with his mother. But it wasn’t until his senior
year that he knew the truth about his status. >>>I’m always fascinated
about telling stories where people feel oppressed, you know?
Where people feel that they are not part of the system. And
I like to tell those stories because everywhere you go
even in third world country or first world country there are so
many people who are voiceless and their voices are never
heard. >>>47 years Kazi Fouzia
is an activist who fights for immigrant rights. She
remembers the struggles they went through to get
DACA and now she says that everything achieved might
be lost. >>>All hard work, all
struggle just going like a down and just marginalize
all of our works because someone really don’t like
us. >>>The video documentary I
produced is “Fighting for Justice.” This video
documentary is about anti-Muslim hate crime.
The central character of this documentary is an
Imam, Maulama Akonjee and his assistant Thara Uddin,
but I was focusing on Maulama Akonjee. He and
his assistant were murdered in a broad daylight
in Ozone Park two years ago.>>>(…) Murder of Imam
Maulama Akonjee and his associate Thara Uddin. >>>It was very hard to do
that documentary because the son who is my central
character, was really reluctant to talk to me on camera. It
took me literally six months to convince him to
speak to me on camera.>>>It was 13, August 2016.>>>But the thing about
the documentary is it was half finished because the
guy who was back then charged with murder of
that Imam. The trial was going on back then. So,
when I premiered that documentary at Queen’s
World Film Festival people were asking me what’s
going on in the case. And I told him the trial was
going on.>>>And then people were asking
me what happened to the case and back then
the trial was going on. So, I was following the
documentary. I was following their trial and finally the
climax happened and I got all the pieces together and
finally I was able to make that documentary because
it has a beginning and it has an ending, too. >>>Today brought us justice,
but it did not bring us closure for the horrific crime that not
only impacted our families. Not only impacted our city but
was felt by Muslims across the world. A crime that
shocked the conscience of our city and which defied
all explanation. >>>In this documentary
they were trying to tell the whole world that as a
Muslim they are, in their subconscious mind, they
feel the fear of being a Muslim but they can’t
express that openly on camera. Whenever I talked to them
off the camera, they would say, okay like, there has been
so many incidents Anuz, like when people would
give a look at me just because I was wearing this outfit,
just because I grew my beard. Even in New York
City where people say, we are so friendly with each
other, we are so homely with each of the but still we see so
many instances where people are just judging people just by
their appearances. When I grow my beard a little
bit longer than this I am always the person who
becomes the person of the random check in the
subway, wherever I go. Someti mes my wife tells me
to get rid of my beard, you know, because I’m the
only person who gets the random check. So maybe
there’s, there’s a problem here.

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