A young girl declares to her class that she wants to be a terrorist.
Writer: Stephanie Law
Co-director/co-producer: Stephanie Law, Jessica Wu
“Little Miss Jihad began as a script assignment in film school at York University years ago.
It was well received by my screenwriting class and professor. However, I never had the opportunity to make this film then, and I always regretted that. I never lost the desire to make this film and I finally got the opportunity to do so when it won the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s annual pitch competition in 2011.
With additional support from Charles Street Video, the Ontario Arts Council, and crowdfunding sponsors, we completed production in 2012 and were proudly able to provide honorariums to all our cast and crew.
Inspiration for the film comes out of my own memories of 9/11: where I was when I found out about the attacks – having school photos taken – and that clear loss of innocence. I really had no idea what terrorism meant before that day and so, in many ways, the main character’s naïveté reflects my own.
That act of terrorism forever shaped my worldview and affected the way our society views and stereotypes people of certain ethnicities. This film is meant as a response to that unjust representation.”
About Stephanie Law
Stephanie Law is a Toronto-based film/TV/transmedia writer.
She is a recent participant of the WGC-Bell Media Diverse Screenwriters program and the Canadian Media Production Association’s national mentorship program.
Little Miss Jihad won the 2011 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival’s ‘So You Think You Can Pitch?’ competition in the emerging category.
Stephanie holds a BFA honours degree in film production and screenwriting from York University and is currently developing several feature and TV scripts of her own.
You can read more about Stephanie and Little Miss Jihad at littlemissjihadfilm.com.
About Jessica Wu
Jessica Wu spent three years editing documentaries, including Breathtaking and Looking for a New Seville.
After working various positions in the film industry, she comes full circle to make her directorial debut with Little Miss Jihad.
A graduate of York University’s film production and criminology programs, she continues to refine her dramatic craft skills at Sheridan College’s theatre production program.