The best films are often those with plots that are snatched from our most searing newspaper headlines. Back in 2012, the Associated Press broke the story of how the NYPD had monitored Muslim students on at least 16 college campuses, part of a growing post-9/11 effort to monitor Muslims in America. Now there’s a new film in the works called “Naz + Maalik” about two closeted gay Muslim teenagers who are unknowingly being surveiled by the U.S. government.

At its core, it’s a love story, but it needs your help to cross the finish line. The filmmakers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $35,000. With less than a day to go, the campaign has already reached its goal, but every little bit counts.