NPT and Scarritt-Bennett Center Screen and Discuss `Arab American Stories` October 25

Arab American Stories

Film shows complexities of the Arab American experience and features those with mission to help the wider community; Nashville Arab Americans to be part of discussion

Continuing a partnership and tradition that began more than three years ago with the Next Door Neighbors project, Nashville Public Television (NPT) and the Scarritt-Bennett Center invite the community to a free screening and discussion of excerpts from the PBS documentary, Arab American Stories: Serving the Nation, on Friday, October 25 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Scarritt-Bennett Center (Fondren Building). After the documentary, attendees are invited to get a better understanding of issues discussed in the documentary as Nashville Arab Americans offer their thoughts and answer questions in a follow-up panel discussion. The event co-presented by the American Muslim Advisory Council is free, but RSVPs are suggested by registering at, calling 615.340.7557 or emailing

Scarritt-Bennett Center is located at 1008 19th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37212.

Arab American Stories: Serving The Nation shows the complexities of the Arab American experience and features Arab Americans who all have a mission to help the wider community. They include a cardiologist, a sergeant from a sheriff’s department, and a priest in an orthodox church. The complete 13-part series is produced by Detroit Public Television and hosted by NPR’s Neda Ulaby. Each half hour features three short, character driven documentaries produced by a variety of independent filmmakers which profile Arab Americans making an impact in their community, their profession, their family or the world at large.

The screening is another in the partnership between NPT and Scarritt-Bennett Center that began in 2009 with a screening and discussion of an episode of NPT’s award-winning “Next Door Neighbors” series. Since then, the two non-profits dedicated to education, dialogue and cultural understanding have co-presented screenings and events around NPT’s original documentary series “Children’s Health Crisis” and “American Graduate,” as well as national programs.

The Next Door Neighbors series includes in-depth web content at , public forums and panel discussions after each of the four programs.

Major support for Next Door Neighbors is provided by The Nissan Foundation, The HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals and a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The project is supported by a partnership with the Vanderbilt University Center for Nashville Studies which provides valuable research and community outreach.

Watch the trailer for Arab American Stories: Serving the Nation:

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