Michigan film by U-M alum Sultan Sharrief screening at Sundance Film Festival
Photo by Joey Ostrander
The film tells the story of Bilal, a Detroit high school student, and his struggle to pursue his dream of higher education.
The film was made as part of the Student EFEX Project (Encouraging the Filmmaking Experience), a partnership between local artists, U-M students, and metro Detroit high school students. EFEX and “Bilal’s Stand” both grew from a community filmmaking class designed by Sharrief and Terri Sarris, a lecturer in U-M’s Department of Screen Arts and Cultures.
“Bilal’s Stand” was shot in and around Detroit on a shoestring budget over the course of five years, with the help of hundreds of community volunteers, support from local businesses, and talented young students.
Yet in order to meet Sundance screening requirements and to cover other necessary expenses, the “Bilal’s Stand” crew is currently fundraising. To learn more, visit www.bilalsstand.com.