Five Times a Day

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Fawzia Mirza's project was funded on March 18, 2019
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In a Nutshell

Thanks to your generosity, we reached our initial goal in record time! Now I'm aiming for a stretch goal of $20,000 to complete all the production elements of this film. With this campaign, my goal is to produce a short fiction film that blends my identities while pushing the stories we see of Muslim and queer women. The purpose of this film is to also challenge and propel my own storytelling style and boundaries as an artist. I wrote, am producing, and will star in this intimate story that shows the connection between two Muslim women on a first night together, told at five different times, each marked by the Muslim call to prayer. Combining my connections between identity, religion, love, sex, romance, and pleasure, this film will feel like a memory, blending sound as poetry and light as storytelling. Through this intra-Muslim relationship, the film will show the beauty and universality of love and connection. Five Times A Day is currently in the pre-production phase. Your donations will help us make this dream and short film a reality! With your support we will be able to secure the location for two days of prep and two days of shooting, secure the lights and equipment, shoot the film, pay every member of the all-female-identifying team involved, edit the project, and submit the film to film festivals.


The Full Story...

From Fajr to Isha, the call to prayer rings out five times a day in Muslim countries. I have always been fascinated by the call to prayer. Growing up Muslim in a non-Muslim country, however, there is no call to prayer ringing throughout the countryside. But, growing up Muslim, every Muslim family I knew had a prayer clock that did. The first clock we had was gold and green and looked like a mosque. It sat on our fireplace mantle and there was one in almost every room of our house. When the call to prayer rang, you had to stop talking, stop doing whatever you were doing, and you were reminded of your faith. Which meant you go pray. Back then, I was raised in a strongly Muslim household. Now, I still identify as Muslim even though I wouldn’t say I pray five times a day; but I have been shaped by that call to prayer. I am impacted by it even now. And I can experience a range of emotions from that call – joy, calm, power, strength, anger, annoyance, fear, excitement. Furthermore, I’m fascinated by how the call marks passages of time and captures us in a moment. And being a queer, Muslim woman, I’m drawn to specific moments: moments of intimacy, moments when I’m with another woman, moments when I am so connected to that woman that I cannot leave her side for 24 hours. And within that 24 hours, within those moments, it is possible to see and experience and be immersed in the breadth of human intimacy.

The main production team on this film all have personal connections to the material. The director is Tchaiko Omawale, the cinematographer is Zamarin Wahdat, and my fellow producer is Katherine Fisher. The goal is to populate our remaining team with as few people as needed to maintain an intensely intimate set and a set of all women. I will play the role of Amina and the other lead role, ‘Dunya,’ will be cast in the next two months. We will film in mid-April in Los Angeles. This is a dream project for me. Exploring this array of intimacy between two Muslim women on camera, is a very vulnerable and new iteration of my personal storytelling style. And this is a dream team and this story could only be told with this team of women filmmakers. I cannot wait to share this film with audiences around the world.

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $25 - Enthusiastic shout-out on social media.
    ($25.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $50 - Your name in a "SPECIAL THANKS" section of the film credits.
    ($50.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $100 - All of the above, plus a digital download of the film.
    ($90.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $250 - All of the above, plus a signed poster of the film (when available).
    ($220.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500 - All of the above, plus a 30-minute video call with Fawzia.
    ($470.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $1000 - All of the above, plus separate recognition as "3AP Producer" in a special section of the film credits.
    ($970.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $2500 - All of the above, plus a 30-minute video call with director Tchaiko Omawale.
    ($2470.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $5000 - Prominent recognition as the film's ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, plus all of the above and a ticket to the world premiere or another screening (transport/lodging not provided).
    ($4920.00 is tax deductible.)
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Fawzia Mirza is an award-winning actor, comedian, producer, and writer. She was selected as a 2015 3Arts Award recipient in Theater, named to the New City Magazine Film 50 and a “Top ...
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