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Film based on NZ shootings in the works

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A film based on the deadly terror attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, is reportedly in the works.

Hello Brother will follow a family facing death and destruction in Afghanistan who escape with their lives.

Their story meshes with that of the recent attacks by a 28-year-old white supremacist on the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre.

The shootings claimed the lives of 51 worshippers and were partly live-streamed on social media.

Moez Masoud is a producer, Cambridge scholar and noted public speaker, and will helm the project.

"In Christchurch, on March 15, the world witnessed an unspeakable crime against humanity," Masoud said.

"The story that Hello Brother will bring to audiences is just one step in the healing process, so that we might all better understand each other, and the root causes of hatred, racism, supremacy and terrorism."

Hello Brother is thought to be the first confirmed project about the Christchurch shootings.

Masoud will produce the New Zealand-set film through his Acamedia Pictures banner.

Acamedia is on the ground at Cannes presenting the project to partners. Other members of the film's team are visiting Christchurch to meet officials and families of the victims of the shooting, as well as survivors and potential partners.

World leaders, and New Zealand film figures including Peter Jackson and Taika Waititi, expressed their sympathies, and solidarity with different cultural and religious groups, after the horrific shootings.

Hello Brother writer-producer-director Masoud said that he wants his film "bring people all over the world together to discuss that day and continue a positive dialogue for a future based on genuine mutual understanding".

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