Sweepstakes (Bakhtiyanasiib) is an upcoming short film project, being made by the filmmakers of the award-winning documentary Amin Amir in collaboration with members of the Somali community across Toronto, Canada and the world. The project has the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the National Film Board.
Sweepstakes is the fictional story of one family's loss, struggles and hopes after fleeing Somalia after the civil war, and trying to build a new life in Toronto. But in making it, we are also representing the true experiences of many Somali-Canadians.
This is a story about a community, and the process of making this film involves working together with a great many people from that community. Here is our progress so far.