In the summer of 2002, Film Arts Foundation awarded Robert Karimi and Kaotic Good Productions, $1800 in film classes and equipment to produce, write, and direct "Porque Bailas Como Un Negrito?" (Why do you dance like black boy?)
"Why Do You Dance Like A Black Boy?"/"Porque Bailas Como Un Negrito" is based on a poem from robert karimi's one-man + DJ show "self (the remix). The story centers around a young Iranian-guatemalan boy who endures violence and taunts during the height of the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979. The young boy escapes into the environment of a local Mexican restaurant for shelter, only to confront the same racism from the patrons. He finally succeeds in overcoming racist attitudes through his discovery of disco music and realizing the power of his dancing can transcend the community's bias.
The entire film takes place in the South SF Bay Area city of Union City, CA, an area known for its diversity. The locale adds to the complexity of the story because the xenophobia against the boy does not only come from native born Americans, but immigrants and their children.
The movie is in pre-production, as we are trying to offset the costs of printing film, renting space, etc. We also are looking for staff and in-kind donations to complement the donations we are seeking.