Coming Soon: Rais Bhuiyan's “Pain & Peace” Documentary Inspires Empathy

Coming Soon: Rais Bhuiyan's “Pain & Peace” Documentary Inspires Empathy

In September 2001, Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi American, was nearly killed by a white supremacist while working at a convenience store in Dallas. The attack was an attempt at retaliation for the Sept. 11 attacks: Someone walked into the store and asked Bhuyan, “Where are you from?” Before he could answer, he was shot in the face. 

Instead of campaigning for personal justice, Bhuiyan engaged in a fight for clemency for his attacker and founded World Without Hate, a nonprofit working to prevent and disrupt the cycles of hate and violence through storytelling and empathy. 

This past year, Bhuiyan and Emmy-winning filmmaker Mark Feijo traveled across North America on behalf of World Without Hate to speak with both victims and perpetrators of violence. The yearlong journey seeking answers as to where such hate comes from and how to surmount it has culminated in a feature-length documentary, “Pain & Peace.” The project is expected to be completed later this year. 

Watch the trailer for “Pain and Peace” here