In 2007, True/False created the True Life Fund, a philanthropic effort that raises money and awareness for the subjects of a new nonfiction film each year. The True Life Fund allows us, as viewers, to respond to the stories we see on-screen and create change by offering tangible assistance to the real-life subjects of a new nonfiction film. It acknowledges that documentary filmmakers and festivals thrive because of the stories given to us by people. The fund serves as a small way for us to repay that gift. Spotlighting one movie each year, we support and honor those who share their stories in front of the camera. Collaborating with filmmakers, whose intimate knowledge of their “characters” enables us to pinpoint needs, we work hard to make sure that this money is given and received with as much thought as possible.
2024 TRUE LIFE FUND
The 2024 True Life Fund film is Three Promises, directed by Yousef Srouji, and the recipient of this year’s Fund is Yousef and his family. Three Promises reveals the reality of a Christian family in early 2000s Palestine through home movies shot by Yousef’s mother, Suha. She picked up her camera as a way to cope with the Second Intifada while living in the West Bank and after two decades, her son re-lives the years-long siege that disrupted his childhood through his mother’s eyes. The film speaks to a mother’s love, the meaning of home, and survival amidst the worst circumstances. Each year, with mostly small cash donations, festival participants contribute roughly $20,000 to directly impact the subjects of the TLF film. This year, attendees have the opportunity to make a direct impact on the life and work of Yousef Srouji.
Through the True Life Fund, True/False acknowledges the contributions of documentary subjects—this year, that takes the shape of dedication to sharing personal stories in the face of state violence and providing lasting testimonies of historical moments. The film highlights one family’s experience but it is also reflective of the experience of many others during conflict, both in Palestine and around the world.
Donations to the 2024 True Life Fund recipient may be given at all screenings of Three Promises, via the form below, or by texting TLF to 53-555 (accepts Venmo, PayPal, bank transfer, or credit card).
DONATE TO THE FUND
In addition to text-to-give and in person at the screenings, donations can be made online below, or by mailing a check made out to Ragtag Film Society with TLF on the memo line to: 28 N. 8th Street, Suite 308. Donations to the True Life Fund are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
The 2013 True Life Fund film tells the story of Tim Hetherington (Restrepo), a combat photographer extraordinaire, who bore witness to the personal stories too