An inspirational peace documentary bridging Israeli-Palestinian differences through the healing- powers of music. Broken Wings casts a global spotlight on new and noteworthy Palestinian and Israeli musicians, peacemakers, and non-violence activists who have been affected by the harsh realities of war. They share their personal experiences of how war has influenced their lives and music. PLEASE HELP ME MAKE AN INSPIRATIONAL FILM ABOUT MUSIC, LOVE, PEACE & HEALING.
From the Director Sima Galanti
Hi everyone – My name is Sima Galanti. I’m a singer-songwriter, producer, actress, and documentary filmmaker. I was born and raised in Israel in a small town called Lod, a culturally mixed Arab/Jewish town with many social and economic problems. My whole family still lives in Isreal. The film subject matter is very personal and important to me. I came to the U.S at a young age to pursue my musical dreams – and find hope, inspiration and deeper meaning in my life.
Since the age of ten, I knew that music and film was my calling. The pursuit of musical goals has taken me on incredible journeys to find my voice and myself. It’s given me the strength to become the artist and the woman I’ve always dreamt of becoming.
I’m currently working on my first documentary called BROKEN WINGS and I'm excited to tell you about it. It all started when I wrote a song called Broken Wings. I wrote this song to bridge the gap between Israelis and Palestinians and to bring hope and inspiration to people in Israel, Palestine, and around the world.
While seeking out a Palestinian artist to collaborate with me on Broken Wings, in the midst of a never-ending conflict between warring countries promoting hate, fear and instilling a radical belief system of ignorance, I decided to also create a documentary. I was facing so many obstacles, resistance, and fear as my family was unsupportive of my endeavors. I decided to journey back to my birthplace to more deeply explore the conflict’s causes and to heal my own broken past.
I felt an undeniable sense of commitment to something so deep that was rising from the depth of my soul. I believe that it's was my duty as an artist, a human and a spiritual being to educate, inspire, and spread healing and a positive message in order to uplift people to a beautiful place of love.
The documentary explores how growing up in an environment of hate, fear, and distrust can affect a person’s life. You’ll also discover humanity, compassion, love, fear, the overcoming of life’s obstacles, and the exploration of radical belief systems that separate humanity as a whole.
Shot on location in Israel, The West Bank and America this topical documentary explores opposing views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The crisis in the Middle East affects everyone’s lives and has a domino effect on all of us.
The film will raise questions regarding music and its place in healing the world, as well as healing our individual lives and pasts. The musical narrative within Broken Wings both reminds us of the atrocities and horrors of war but also how similar we all are at our cores. It teaches us to never lose faith in the universal healing power of the human heart.
Broken Wings hopes to inspire a brighter future for both Israeli and Palestinian people and to break down the walls of hate through the universal language of music that connects hearts and opens dialogue. The artists featured have stepped away from violence and hate. They strive for a chance to transform their past pains into powerful healing messages at this stage in their journeys.
I believe that the strength to create peace lies within each and every one of us and we must be the change we wish to see in the world. We have the power to change our reality. I have a vision of a future world, where we are united and people who get affected by the war can cast themselves in the empowering role of creators and potential leaders, as opposed to victims of terrible circumstances.
How You Can Help
After shooting for the last few years in Israel, West Bank, and L.A and completing the recording of Broken Wings soundtrack which was recorded in Israel and Los Angeles and feathers the talented Israeli singer Kobi Farhi from the Israeli metal band Orphaned Land, me, and the Palestinian musician Naser Musa. As well, editing a new 14min teaser/short that I'm planning to start submitting into film festivals while working on completing the feather length documentary. I'm now raising money for the next stage so I can complete the film by the end of this year.
But now is where YOU come in.
As you can imagine, film and music production is very costly. This inspirational story is worthy of being told, and yet the funds to complete it properly are out of reach of just one individual as an independent project. To finish it, I need YOUR help!
The money that you donate will go to things such as:
· Camera crew in Israel and West bank (Reshoots)
. Travel +Transportation
· Archival Footage
· Final Editing
· Color Correction
· Photography/ Artwork &Graphic Design
· Marketing & Promotion
· Fees & donor rewards
. Film Festivals submission
Other Ways You Can Help
I recognize that not everyone can contribute, but that doesn't mean I don't need YOUR help:
Please, get the word out about my campaign. Share the campaign with other.s Every repost, share, tweet, email, and a person you tell in real life makes a difference.
Help me create a successful campaign! (Indiegogo has some great share tools to help)
Sincere gratitude should go without saying, and we are offering several perk packages including Broken Wings T-Shirt, Download links to the film soundtrack, Digital download of Broken Wings film when completed, Posters, Postcards, Private screening event and much more!!
Broken Wings Team
Producer/Director: Sima Galanti
Sima Galanti is an Israeli/American, singer, songwriter, recording artist, producer, and an actress who's making her first debut as a director/producer in her inspiring and powerful peace documentary called 'Broken Wings'. Sima grew up in a small town in Israel called Lod, a culturally mixed Arab/Jewish town with many social and economic problems. She came to Los Angeles to fulfill her artistic dreams and find freedom. Unfortunately, her hometown has stayed in the same rough situation she'd always known. Sima is an outspoken supporter of peace, social justice issues, and animal cruelty.
Sima released several albums in the U.S. Her songwriting is an expression of her personality, strength, passion and desire to find truth and meaning in her life. It is about acceptance of herself, her past, facing her fears and hardships. It is about love and heartbreaks. Sima worked with three-time Grammy-Award winning producer/engineer, Tom Lord-Alge (U2, Peter Gabriel, Sarah McLachlan, Dave Matthews, Oasis and many more) who mixed her first single “Breaking Down The Walls” and Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound Studios in NYC, also a Grammy-Award winner.
Sima studied at one of the most prestigious acting schools, Stella Adler Studio of Acting while living in NYC. She was also under the instruction of esteemed acting coach, Susan Batson. She trained with the celebrity vocal coaches, such as Don Lawrence and Melissa Cross. Both pieces of training helped her develop a personal relationship with her music and the ability to express herself and connect with others. Sima's is also a certified Kundalini yoga teacher and believes that spiritual practice, yoga, and meditation can benefit people lives and health while expending their hearts, awareness, and consciousness.
Sima’s goal is to create powerful music and an inspiring peace documentary that will bridge the gap between Israelis and Palestinians and bring hope, inspiration, love, and healing to people all around the world.
Editor: Kinga Orlikowska
Kinga Orlikowska came from her native Poland where for many years she was involved in activism and education. She learned to edit in Los Angeles and she started in scripted features, editing her first movie Lime Salted Love right after film school. She was mentored by award-winning editors, such as Ewa Smal who worked with legendary Krzysztof Kieslowski on Decalogue and Norman Hollyn who edited Sophie's Choice.
Her adventure with the documentary genre started in 2011. Since then she has worked on six documentary features, including In Utero, a cinematic rumination exploring life in the womb and its effects in the world, and the influence of past generations on our present and future.
The issue of generational trauma and its links with current world conflicts drew her to the Broken Wings project. Following her work with Kathleen and Stephen Gyllenhaal on In Utero, she began investigating the trauma of her own family, affected by the World War Two tragedies. Shortly before meeting Sima, she collaborated with Stephen Gyllenhall in his Institute for Identity Development in creating short documentaries on healing processes and complicated family dynamics. She also worked with veterans and people affected by PTSD.
Being herself a spiritual person, she believes that coming across Broken Wings project wasn't accidental and was part of some higher transcendental plan.
Director of Photography in Israel/West Bank: Asi Cohen
Director of Photography in Los Angeles: Jordan Brodie Avtal
I can’t wait to share the important message of BROKEN WINGS with all of you. Thank you so much for your love and support.
- Zev Opos
- Tara Redfield
- Stephen Moore
- Stephen Moore
- Hayyim Feldman
Sima Sangeeta Galanti
West Hollywood, CA