Once in a Lifetime is a documentary that follows the filmmaker and her friend Michelle Koch in their quest to bring Jewish and Muslim communities together and help them stand against Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Through poetic visuals, the filmmaker and her friend recount heart-rending stories that affected their lives, and how they tried to overcome the aftermath. By organizing interfaith-friendly events in NYC, Michelle hopes to challenge stereotypes and promote understanding between both communities. As for the filmmaker, she hopes her work can be a catalyst for change.


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  • Joshua Hernandez, Xiaolei Gong, Adam Lapalio

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  • Michelle Koch

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    Sarah Wemy was born in Casablanca, Morocco where she worked as a script supervisor for films and commercials. In 2011, she moved to the U.S. to pursue her passion for filmmaking. As a video producer and an activist, she focuses her work on changing public opinion and challenging stereotypes. Her goal is to be an aspiring filmmaker who creates counter-narratives that do justice to the diversity of her heritage, fights against social injustice whenever and wherever it occurs, and reshapes the representation of minorities in film and media. Sarah’s latest documentary Once in a Lifetime shows how ordinary people can create real change.

  • Bio

    TJ Ali Bowden

    TJ Ali is a rising filmmaker and TV/Digital Producer having produced linear pilot TV shows for networks BET Networks, NBC Entertainment, REVOLT TV and most recently VICE Media’s VICELAND network. TJ was awarded a fellowship in the International Radio and Television Society program in 2014, which catapulted his career in linear television. TJ is embarking on a new fiction storytelling journey. He lives in New York City and hails from the south side of Chicago.

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