In this video, storyteller Nejib Adem introduces us to Ma’aza, an Ethiopian woman who came to Nashville in 2005 and specializes in baking cakes. Her dream is to open a bakery in Nashville one day. For now, she takes orders from her friends and family and makes her delicious cakes in her own personal kitchen. Mmmm…
As part of our Women, War and Peace project, some of our female storytellers are telling the war stories of women in Nashville. In this moving video produced by Hannah Mendez, meet Betty Kayitesi, a Rwandan refugee whose life took a very unexpected turn when she married someone from the “other side”.
We recently held two trainings for new storytellers. One was at our existing partner organization, Progreso Community Center, and the other was at a new organization we’ve added as a hub: Nashville International Center for Empowerment (NICE)! We’re very excited to have NICE on board to house equipment and trainings for the community that they serve. We featured the story of how NICE, formerly the Sudanese community center, came to be in our last episode of Next Door Neighbors. Our transition to include NICE in the Storytellers project seemed like a natural fit, and we can’t wait to see the stories that come out from this new partnership!
Burundi refugee Esai Ndemeye learns how to edit footage on iMovie
Betty Barrios, from Mexico, and Arturo Bautista film b-roll for their
practice videos using a flipcam
Leslie and Adriana Acosta teach us how to make a sugary, fried, Latin American favorite: Churros. Bring on more food videos, storytellers…we have to bulk up for the winter!
Prepare to be salivating by the end of this…
This past spring, storyteller Kasar Abdulla shot this story about the common practice of growing home gardens in the Kurdish culture. “You will find that almost every Kurdish family in Nashville, Tennessee has a vegetable and fruit garden; not only because it’s symbolic and reminds them of Kurdistan, but they enjoy the delicious fruits and vegetables produced by their own hands,” she says.
Meet Wilmer, an immigrant from Honduras who came to Nashville and started his own auto body shop. Since establishing his body shop, he has paid it forward and helped other Latino immigrants earn a living working as mechanics.
In this story, meet Hayder Abduljabbar and his family, who recently arrived in Nashville from Iraq. With the help of his case worker, Hayder goes shopping for essentials and explains his feelings about settling in America so far.
NPT is starting another exciting project around the 5-part PBS series Women, War, and Peace. We’ll be holding screenings in the next several weeks, and we’re also having some female storytellers do stories on Nashville women who have experienced war. Our first event is tomorrow with the series producer, Abigail Disney. We’ll screen clips from the series and also debut three new storyteller videos on the topic. So come on out tomorrow afternoon, and look out for new Nashville Women, War and Peace stories on this blog very soon!
NPT is pursuing a new project this month called Not in Our Town, a series and movement to stop hate and highlight towns that are trying to create more inclusive communities. As part of this initiative, we’re holding community events and screenings around Nashville between 9/11-9/21 and calling these the 10 Days of Peace. You can find out about the various events that have taken place and are going to take place at the website room4peace.com.
We’ve decided to add a new layer to our Storytellers project. Our storytellers are going to be doing additional stories on the theme of Not in Our Town, including covering some of the 10 Days of Peace events.
Here’s a video that a few of our Somali storytellers produced a few months ago that reflect this theme greatly: hundreds of Nashvillians gathering at Legislative Plaza to protest a bill that many believe would single out Muslims in Tennessee:
In this story, meet various refugees in Nashville participating in Catholic Charities’ Refugee Elders Program. This program provides resources, such as citizenship and English language training, to new arrivals. Nejat Derakshani, a refugee from Iran, discusses fleeing persecution from his country and the many opportunities he is finding in his new home.