Archive for June, 2015

Militza Anchundia

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Believing that education was surest way to escape a life of poverty, Militza left her home in Panama so that she could attend school in the United States. Today, she holds multiple advanced degrees and is a testimony to the power of learning.

Her story was produced, shot and edited by Dev Bhavsar, a talented young filmmaker who attends Stratford STEM Magnet High School in Nashville, TN.

Mustafa Alwan

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Mustafa discovered the sting of discrimination after moving from Yemen to the US during his school age years. He didn’t, however, allow those experiences to define him. Despite having to learn English as a young teen, he rose to the top of his graduating class and is now a student at Middle Tennessee State University.

This story was produced by Elizabeth Ethridge, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, as part of a collaboration between students in Middle East Studies and Nashville Public Television’s Storytellers series.

A Coptic Easter

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Easter is a major holidays for the Coptic Christians of Egypt. Here in Tennessee, Coptic Egyptians are keeping that tradition alive for future generations.

This story was produced by Miller Goan and Cody Skinner , both students at Middle Tennessee State University, as part of a collaboration between students in Middle East Studies and Nashville Public Television’s Storytellers series.

Sarah

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Sarah Al-Ansari makes paintings that, in her words, “empower the female figure in the Middle East.” As the daughter of an American mother and Middle Eastern father, her work offers a unique perspective on what it means to be female and Middle Eastern.

Her story was produced by Amanda Thornton, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, as part of a collaboration between students in Middle East Studies and Nashville Public Television’s Storytellers series.

Chimen

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

As a Kurdish refugee from Iraq, Chimen spent part of her childhood going to school in a Turkish refugee camp. Despite the great loss she and fellow Kurds experienced, Chimen managed to experience joy in the everyday moments of her childhood. Now she is studying to become a teacher and wants to pass her vision of hope to a new generation of young people.

This story was produced by Charity Harris, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, as part of a collaboration between students in Middle East Studies and Nashville Public Television’s Storytellers series.

Hanan

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Hanan was born in Syria but raised in the United States from the time she was a small child. Adapting to life in the US was easy, but retaining her sense of Middle Eastern heritage has been a work in progress.

This story was produced by Caleb Bost, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, as part of a collaboration between students in Middle East Studies and Nashville Public Television’s Storytellers series.

Lala

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Lala is a Pakistani woman studying Electrical Engineering at Middle Tennessee State University. This alone makes her a pioneer both in the field of Electrical Engineering and Pakistani women’s rights.

Her story was produced by Kelsie Stanfield, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, as part of a collaboration between students in Middle East Studies and Nashville Public Television’s Storytellers series.

Tala

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

As a young woman of Middle Eastern descent, Tala is struggling to balance the lifestyle of her college-age peers with the traditional values of her parents. Her struggle is emblematic of the cultural challenges faced by many first and second generation immigrant youth.

Her story was produced by Paul Moret, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, as part of a collaboration between students in Middle East Studies and Nashville Public Television’s Storytellers series.

Duaa

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Duaa and her family moved to the United States when she was only two years old. When she was 12, her parents decided to move back to Sudan for a time so that she and her siblings could experience their native culture. For Duaa, experiencing both cultures has given her a greater appreciation and respect for cultural diversity.

This story was produced by Duaa Elnasri, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, as part of a collaboration between students in Middle East Studies and Nashville Public Television’s Storytellers series.

Dareen

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

Dareen is a Palestinian immigrant who moved to the United States from Jordan when she was a small child. Today she attends Middle Tennessee State University and is pursuing a career in event planning.

This story was produced by Darius Robertson , a student at Middle Tennessee State University, as part of a collaboration between students in Middle East Studies and Nashville Public Television’s Storytellers series.

Omar

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

When Omar came to the United States to attend college, he didn’t expect to stay for 37 years. His entrepreneurial spirit, however, has kept him in business for over two decades. Today, he and his family call Middle Tennessee home.

His story was produced by Dimitrius Brown, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, as part of a collaboration between students in Middle East Studies and Nashville Public Television’s Storytellers series.

Olivia

Posted on: June 14th, 2015 by Nashville Public Television No Comments

When war in Sudan broke out, Olivia and her family relocated to the United States. As refugees, they received housing, employment and language assistance. Her story demonstrates the tremendous lift and hope these services provide refugees.

Her story was produced by Sara Regen, a student at Middle Tennessee State University, as part of a collaboration between students in Middle East Studies and Nashville Public Television’s Storytellers series.