COVEN FILM FEST: Accept the Call

January 12 only

A protester with a megaphone in the film Accept the Call

California Premiere. ​Twenty-five years after Yusuf Abdurahman left Somalia as a refugee to begin his life anew in Minnesota, his worst fear is realized when his 19-year-old-son Zacharia is arrested in an FBI counterterrorism sting operation. Through the eyes of a father striving to understand why his young son would leave his American life behind to attempt to join a terrorist organization in a foreign country, ​Accept the Call​ 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 this father and son attempting to mend their relationship after breaking each other’s hearts. A former broadcast journalist, Eunice Lau has a penchant for telling social justice stories. Her film ​Through the Fire​ was filmed in Somalia and nominated for best short documentary at AMPAS Student Academy in 2013. Her works have appeared on the Discovery Channel, Al Jazeera English, and Channel News Asia.

Directed by Eunice Lau. 84 min.


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