Director's Statement

- JANE ROWEN

    DIRECTOR, WRITER, PRODUCER

    One of the worst school shootings in U.S. History had just occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School; mass shootings becoming commonplace. I remembered Las Vegas, Orlando, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook. I sat in my living room watching Emma Gonzalez speak on the news, and saw the grief in her young face as she stood bravely for countless other grief stricken youth. She called for action. 

    When Emma finished her speech I was left dumbfounded. The strength and conviction she showed in the aftermath of such unimaginable horror was astounding. These young lives forever altered by something that should never have happened. As I looked at the faces of these students, and parents of the victims who might never recover from that day, I heard their call:

Do something. Make a change. Be a voice. 

    I knew that the news coverage would eventually move on, and along with it, the important discussion of gun reform. As I sat on the couch, I grabbed my computer and started to write "There's No Word for Us'. My contribution to the fight, however small - with hopes that this short film could reach many, and continue to enact change. 

    We hope this film moves others to learn more about gun laws in the United States, and to join the fight for gun reform. 

    I was so moved when Jane first told me she was developing a short about gun violence. It was a subject so sensitive and overwhelming - no one better could bring this project to life than her. After reading early drafts, I felt so motivated to help and be apart of this film in any way I could. When we agreed to co-direct, it was like a rush of adrenaline soothing the pain of these tragedies; at least now we can funnel our heart ache and frustration into art and hopefully help change the way people view this subject. 

    I am extremely honored to be apart of  'There's No Word For Us'. Our incredibly talented cast and crew made it a beautiful experience I will never forget. I hope you all enjoy this film, not just as a movement for change but as a movement for humanity.

- NORA HAWARI

    DIRECTOR, PRODUCER