Shortly after 9/11, one of the cars on Pardis Parker's street in Montreal was spray-painted with the words "go home Arab."

The incident deeply impacted the Sri Lanka-born Parker, and inspired him to write his very first film: Afghan.

The award-winning short, which stars Parker (a comedian by trade) and Mark Little of Picnicface, tells the story of a hate crime victim forced to look for humor where none should be found.

[H/T: Reddit]