Posts Tagged ‘NPT’

Raju’s Roti

Posted on: February 14th, 2013 by nptnextdoorneighbors 1 Comment

Storyteller Raju Dahal shares two of his favorite Nepali foods, Momo and Roti, traditionally served at ceremonial events.

Storytellers: Videos Produced by High School Students for American Graduate Project

Posted on: October 18th, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

For several months now, we have been involved in the exciting nationwide project American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen. A few weeks ago, we aired Translating the Dream, a documentary that looks at the unique challenges of immigrant and refugee students in Nashville schools. But as we have learned with the Storytellers project, there is great value in having the community create their own stories, in their own voice.

So, we have been collecting stories from high school students to get their firsthand perspectives on the issues that matter to them most. We want them to answer questions like, what motivates students to stay in school? What factors contribute to the decision to drop out of high school? What are the day-to-day struggles you face- including those dealing with academic hardship, bullying, lack of motivation? And for our immigrant and refugee storytellers: what are your unique struggles, and what is keeping you in (or distancing you from) school?

In the video below, Kenyan refugee Frahia, who is in 9th grade, talks about being bullied in school when she first came to America and didn’t know any English, and how falling in love with reading kept her in school.

And you can view all of the student-produced stories we’ve gotten so far in the playlist below.

Storytellers: Inside a Hindu Naming Ceremony in Nashville

Posted on: September 4th, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

Many cultures and religious traditions have rituals around the birth of a child. For many families who have settled in a new land, preserving these rituals is of utmost importance, even if only in the privacy of their own home.

In this video, storytellers Kamal Bastola and Prakash Subedi give us an intimate look at a Bhutanese family conducting a naming ceremony for a recent newborn baby, a traditional ceremony in Hindu custom.

Storytellers: `Am I the Terrorist?` by Hayat Abudiab, Whose TN Mosque was Firebombed

Posted on: August 16th, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors 1 Comment

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.

Storytellers: `The Monument` by Zainab Elberry

Posted on: July 6th, 2012 by Will No Comments

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.

Storytellers: Pope Shenouda`s passing by Sam Mounier

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

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.


(Storytellers) The Forgotten Legacy: Kurdish Handicraft Weaving

Posted on: March 29th, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

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.

(Storytellers) Young and Exiled: Rwandan Woman Flees Violence

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

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.

(Storytellers) Immigrants` Unique Challenges Inspire Them to Get Involved

Posted on: January 24th, 2012 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

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.

(Storytellers) Ma`aza the Ethiopian Baker

Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

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…

(Storytellers) A Step-by-step Guide to Making Churros!

Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

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…

(Storytellers) Wilmer`s Shop: Latino Immigrants Find Their Niche

Posted on: October 4th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

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.

(Storytellers) An Iraqi Refugee Comes to America

Posted on: September 28th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

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.

(Storytellers) NPT Starts Not in Our Town Initiative

Posted on: September 19th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

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

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:

Refugee Elders Experience

Posted on: September 6th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

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.

Stonebrook Apartments on the Weekends

Posted on: August 29th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

Naresh Dahal and Yam Dangi fill us in on what’s happening at a particular apartment complex where most of Nashville’s newly arrived Bhutanese community lives.

Refugee Handicrafts at the Farmer’s Market

Posted on: August 24th, 2011 by nptnextdoorneighbors No Comments

A new booth has opened up at the Nashville Farmer’s Market: refugee handicrafts. For the first time, refugee women are selling their hand-made products and making a profit off of them. This video details the various pieces they are selling, and new concepts the refugee women must explore as self-employers, such as making products that are more marketable to the general public.