I have a favor to ask: please watch My Stretch of Texas Ground
- Created on Sunday, 12 May 2019 23:54
I wrote and produced a low-budget film called My Stretch of Texas Ground, and I am asking you to watch it. It is a “clash of titans” story between an Islamic warrior, Abdul Latif Hassan, and a small town Texas sheriff, Joe Haladin. What they clash over is the life of visiting senator, Harlan Cruthers, who is a very aggressive war hawk. He never met a war he didn’t like.
So, these two men, from vastly different cultures and continents, are barreling towards a certain and head-on collision, and the one thing they have in common is that they are both very capable men.
But, underlying the story and pervading it throughout are piercing questions about war and terrorism. What’s the difference between them? If you kill innocents with a smart bomb, is it any different than killing them with a suicide vest? Morally?
So, these questions are raised amid a life-or-death struggle in which the peace and tranquility of Arlettsville are disrupted like never before, and Sheriff Joe Haladin is tested like never before.
I feel very good about this film because I think it succeeds on two levels: as a gripping, fast-paced, action thriller AND as message movie about the horrific death toll from the post-9/11 wars, which most Americans are unaware of. In 2015, the Physicians for Social Responsibility hired Nobel Prize winning researchers to tabulate the death count, and they reported that between 1.3 and 2 million people had been killed. But, hundreds of thousands more have been killed since 2015 in Syria alone. This has been a human catastrophe of gargantuan and historic proportion.
So please watch my movie. It was a labor of love, and I think we succeeded at delivering a very gripping and compelling story. Thank you for reading this.