In the past two weeks, there have been eight attacks on houses of worship across the nation, seven of which were mosques. Some have been vandalized, acid bombed, shot at, and on August 6th an Islamic center in Joplin, Missouri got burned to the ground after being damaged by an arson fire the month before.
This picture seems all too familiar for Muslim American storyteller Hayat Abudiab, who created this video about what she experienced when her Columbia, TN mosque was firebombed in 2008.
Last week, we had our very first Storytellers Bootcamp, where in three days local immigrants picked a story idea, gathered footage and edited it all into a video. Congratulations to everyone that participated–we all learned a lot from each other and we are very proud of your hard work! You can check out this story on our Media Update blog about the training and view some of the videos.
And here’s a great video about the bootcamp itself from veteran storyteller Alice Gatebuke (reminds us a little of ‘The Office’!).
Refugees and immigrants in the US often remain connected to friends, family and events back in their former countries. Recent elections in Egypt provide a reminder, while many Egyptian Americans living here pay close attention to what is happening abroad, they also have a different perspective because of their experiences in the US.
During the production of our recent installment of the Next Door Neighbors series featuring Nashville’s Egyptian community, we heard many stories about politics in Egypt and the impact on the community here. Some felt a general distrust of politics in the US, because they had not had a voice in Egypt. Others dived into the American political system because they appreciated the opportunity US democracy provides. All expressed hope that democracy in Egypt would provide a brighter future for Egyptians. One participant in the program, Zainab Elberry, stands out regarding her political beliefs. She has dedicated much of her life to encouraging political involvement.
Zainab has expressed some of her beliefs through poetry, and the following Storyteller submission from Egyptian intern Sam Mounier shares her poem The Monument. The poem reflects an intersection of Egyptian and American influences on Zainab’s identity and ideals through a description of the Washington Monument.
As Nashville Public Television prepares to unveil the latest installment in our Next Door Neighbors series -featuring Nashville’s Egyptian community – we wanted to share a Storytellers submission by NPT intern Sam Mounier.
Sam was a great help in the production of the latest Next Door Neighbors documentary. As a member of the Egyptian community, he helped connect us to more than a few people, translated conversations, kept us informed of important events and even took us to his mom’s house for some delicious food.
During production of the Egyptian program, Nashville’s large contingency of Coptic Orthodox Christians suffered the tragic loss of their Pope. Pope Shenouda, the 117th for the Coptic Orthodox Christian Church, played an important role in the growth of the Church in the United States.
We asked Sam to share how the loss of Pope Shenouda was felt by the Egyptian community in Nashville. Here is what he had to say.
Next Door Neighbors:Egyptians premieres Wednesday, May 23rd at 9pm on NPT. You can also watch the completed program that same day online at our website.
I hope you will tune in.
This video takes us inside the Nashville home of two Eastern Ethiopian women hosting a coffee ceremony, one of the most enjoyable events in Ethiopian culture. Storyteller Nejib Adem is their honorary guest as the women show him the steps it takes to prepare for the gathering. Prepare to be hungry by the end of watching this…
This thoughtful piece by storyteller Kasar Abdulla introduces us to the Kurdish art of weaving. From socks and purses to hats and rugs, Kurdish women take pride in preserving the tradition of making intricate crafts with their own hands. Abdulla delves deep into the significance of the practice in difficult times, explaining that the women “relied on their weaving talents in refugee camps; they would turn something as simple as a potato sack into new purses and exchange it for food with the Turks.” A must-see story.
One thing we’ve found in common with everyone we’ve spoken to through Next Door Neighbors is that they each have a unique and interesting story to tell of how they got to this country. In this story, Megan Macaraeg, originally from the Philippines, tells of her family’s journey of leaving their native country during martial law and starting a new life in the U.S. The end of this heartwarming video is not what you’d expect…
This video, produced by Rwandan storyteller Alice Gatebuke, tells the story of Honorine, a woman who lived through the war and genocide in Rwanda. She was part of a group of thousands who had to escape by foot to neighboring countries. The story is part of our ongoing effort to have Nashville women tell the war stories of other female immigrants and refugees in Nashville as part of the Women, War, and Peace project.
In this video, storyteller Maria Emilia Borja asks Nashville immigrants the question: ‘what personal experiences inspired you to get involved with your community?’ The answers may surprise you, and touch upon heavy subjects dealing with the unique challenges that immigrants face in adjusting to American society.
Go inside the home of a Bhutanese family in Nashville as they welcome guests with their customary Bhutanese-Nepali milk tea. Yam Kharel discusses hospitality norms in the culture, and even shows us how to make the delicious drink. A perfect treat as the weather finally gets colder here in the city…