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Dalya's Other Country is feeling grateful.

We love hearing from people who have watched Dalya's Other Country! Thanks to everyone who's provided thoughtful comments. Here's one we received today (thank you, Peter!):

"So last night we decided to watch Dalya’s Other Country. Instead of the SOTU speech. We all loved it, my daughter was completely enthralled by Dalya, because she goes to a catholic school also. My wife was amazed at the strength of the mother. How hard she works and how strong she is. Me, what an amazing ...young lady. She has every reason to give up, and screw up... yet she turns her hardships into courage to go beyond herself. Wow. We loved it."

If you haven't yet watched our film, here's how you can:

US viewers— Purchase or rent from iTunes: http://apple.co/2iaMdqs or Vimeo: http://bit.ly/2zVpuZR Or stream on Amazon Prime Video: amzn.to/2zHwuso

We also continue to air periodically on PBS stations in the US. Check local listings for POV's schedule by entering your zip code: pbs.org/pov/tvschedule

You can also watch an adapted version of our film, "FROM ALEPPO TO L.A.," on The New York Times Op-Docs site here: nytimes.com/2017/06/20/opinion/from-aleppo-to-la.html

Global viewers — 3 Video on Demand options: iTunes (itunes.apple.com/gb/movie/dalyas-other-country/id1246316293), Amazon.com (amzn.eu/5stYip1), or Vimeo (vimeo.com/ondemand/dalyasothercountry)

Everyone— DVDs of our film are available for personal use from our website: dalyasothercountry.com/buy-dvd

Additionally, if you'd like to host a screening of our film, please message us. And for educational DVDs and screenings of “Dalya’s Other Country,” contact GOOD DOCS: gooddocs.net/dalyas-other-country Our film is relevant to Women's Studies, Sociology, Islamic Studies, Religious Studies, Migration Studies, and more.

“Dalya’s Other Country,” is directed by Julia Meltzer and co-produced by Mustafa Rony Zeno.

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Dalya’s Other Country is a timely documentary that follows the real life challenges of one displaced Syrian teenager and her family. Shot over four years as…
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My Hijab, My Wings
By Sumeya Block

Purple, pink, blue, red,

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Soft, woven, knit flowy.

STRONG

I wear wings on my head. I wear a hijab on my head.

The feathers, small fabric. Wing span the size of my

World.

Swish, swish, swish, flap, flap, flap.

Keep pumping, holding myself up high.

Pieced together from the fragments of my world. These wings hold me, but sometimes they begin to

Falter.

When the haters thrust their opinions my way. Their words raw and cold start to seep in, The fabric, my wings start to get pulled down by these false hands. These hands holding on to what they don’t want to accept are lies. Because that means they are wrong and the monster is not me.

Then,

I Remember.

I am unapologetic.

I am Sumeya.

I will let the fabrics of my life carry me away. Up and down, always afloat always strong.

Always a bird.

When I falter,

I go higher.

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Sumeya Block is a 13-year-old Seattleite who wears a hijab. She wrote a poem about what it's like to feel people's stares and misunderstanding.
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Check out this great article in the Columbia Daily Spectator about Dalya's Other Country and our upcoming screening and Q&A at the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in NYC! Our film screens at 12pm on February 25th.

“Instead of shooting constantly over four years, Meltzer was strategic in the moments she selected to film. Before beginning filming, she knew what the rough outline would be—starting at the beginning of Dalya’s high school career and ending at her graduati...on—but unprecedented events, both personal and political, changed the course of the story as she filmed.

Meltzer pinpointed the end of 2015 as a pivotal moment in the Zenos’ story, as the backlash from terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino gave rise to a resurgence of Islamophobic sentiment.

'It’s very hard to be in the midst of finishing your film when a major historic event is happening, because you don’t really have any perspective on that event, you know? You’re in it,' Meltzer said.“

Here are the details for our screening at the Athena Film Festival: athenafilmfestival.com/film/daylas-other-country

#DalyasDoc #AthenaFilmFestival #WomenInFilm #NYC #MuslimGirl #Muslimah #FilmFestival #NoMuslimBanEver

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This year’s Athena Film Festival will feature a documentary concerning the experience of a Syrian-American girl as she moves to Los Angeles, highlighting the immigrant experience in the current political climate. Held at Barnard annually each February since 2011, the Athena Film Festival celebrate...
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Chaudry hopes, though, that constructing the mosque will pave the way for reconciliation with those opponents who are willing to listen. “I am a firm believer – perhaps I am more of an optimist than many people – but I feel that in human nature, when something has been done, people are more willing to accept it,” Chaudry said. “They will find that their fears were baseless.” He has a strong – religious – faith in the notion that differences among people are best overcome through cultural interchange. “Mosques are places where you build those bridges,” he said.

#MuslimInAmerica #longreads #religion #politics | The Guardian

The long read: A bitter legal row over a mosque in an affluent New Jersey town shows the new face of Islamophobia in the age of Trump
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Los Angeles— Our film screens tomorrow, February 7th at UCLA School of Law! Join a Q&A with director Julia Meltzer and one of the film's subjects, Rudayna.

Film synopsis: In 2012 Dalya, and her mother, Rudayna, fled Aleppo for Los Angeles as war took over. Months before, Rudayna learns a secret that destroys her marriage, leaving her single at midlife. Arriving in LA, Dalya enrolls as the only Muslim at Holy Family Catholic High School. Can mother and daughter remake themsel...ves while holding on to their Islamic traditions?

Event details: eventbrite.com/e/dalyas-other-country-film-screening-ticket…

The screening is organized by The Promise Institute for Human Rights and is co-sponsored by the following: International and Comparative Law Program; UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations; Center for Near Eastern Studies; UCLA History Department; Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law; International Human Rights Law Students Association.

#LosAngeles #California #DalyasDoc #FilmScreening #UCLA

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Dalya, the only Muslim at a private Catholic high school in Los Angeles must straddle her two worlds, while navigating her teenage years and her religious faith. Viewers are brought into the intimate world of this family, as Dalya and her family tackle complex experiences, from immigration, assimila...
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From Mosaic Stories: Read the stories of a number of remarkable Syrian artists who have left their homeland of Syria but have taken their art with them.

"Last year, wondering what it means to be a Syrian artist when Syria in many ways no longer exists, I began to map the journeys of a hundred artists from the co...untry."

Millions of Syrians have fled their home country due to violence and persecution, and "among them were most of the country’s talented musicians and artists, who, like everyone else, were scrambling to rent apartments, find jobs, and learn languages."

Read the stories of a number of remarkable Syrian artists who have left their homeland of Syria but have taken their art with them.

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What happens when a culture disperses?
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Did you know you can watch an adapted version of our film, "FROM ALEPPO TO L.A.," on The New York Times Op-Docs site? We've included the 13 minute short documentary below.

From director Julia Meltzer: "Dalya inhabits a very particular community in Southern California — an Arab Muslim immigrant world that is often quite private, especially for women. By offering an intimate glimpse into Dalya’s life, I hope viewers absorb the perspective of a young Syrian-American Muslim woman and how she sees the world during these complicated times."

#DalyasDoc #FromAleppoToLA #OpDocs #WomenInFilm #Muslimah #MuslimGirl #LosAngeles #ImmigrantsWelcome

A refugee girl comes of age in America.
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“Verona Collection is more than a clothing brand,” founder Lisa Vogl said Thursday in a press release. “It’s a platform for a community of women to express their personal identity and embrace fashion that makes them feel confident on the inside and outside.”

Muslim and non-Muslim women will be able to purchase hijabs, tops and loose pants on the Macy's website.
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"As more than half of the Syrian population remains displaced, it is natural to think of their traditional music as heritage that needs to be saved before it disappears. But for Ferhad Feyssal and Hozan Peyal, two extraordinary Kurdish musicians who fled from al-Hasakah and currently live in Istanbul, joy is also a heritage that needs to be preserved in a time of war, a memory too easily forgotten after years of violence."

"Mohanad Aljaramani, a professional oud player and percussionist from Sweida in Syria now living in Paris, brought his music with him, noting that his small reg...ion in Syria had been the homeland of Farid al-Atrash, the 'King of the Oud.'”

We spoke with Mohanad last year in Paris- bringing his music with him was a way of keeping alive the musical heritage of his hometown. Throughout the past year we have had the privilege to meet numerous other musicians creating the music of their heritage in exile.

One particularly memorable interview was with two Kurdish musicians from al-Hasakah, Ferhad Feyssal and Hozan Peyal. For them, "joy is also a heritage that needs to be preserved in a time of war, a memory too easily forgotten after years of violence... 'We are trying to hear happiness,' Feyssal explains."

Read more about how these two extraordinary musicians are preserving not only Kurdish music, but also their heritage of joy:

http://www.mosaicstories.org/…/syrian-kurdish-musicians-fe…/

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[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqFjr_fH9dc[/embed]As more than half of the Syrian population remains displaced, it is natural to think of their traditional music as heritage that needs to be saved before it disappears. But for Ferhad Feyssal and Hozan Peyal, two extraordinary Kurdish musicia...
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Los Angeles— Our film screens on Wednesday, February 7th at UCLA School of Law! Join a Q&A with director Julia Meltzer and one of the film's subjects, Rudayna.

Film synopsis: In 2012 Dalya, and her mother, Rudayna, fled Aleppo for Los Angeles as war took over. Months before, Rudayna learns a secret that destroys her marriage, leaving her single at midlife. Arriving in LA, Dalya enrolls as the only Muslim at Holy Family Catholic High School. Can mother and daughter remake the...mselves while holding on to their Islamic traditions?

Event details: eventbrite.com/e/dalyas-other-country-film-screening-ticket…

The screening is organized by The Promise Institute for Human Rights and is co-sponsored by the following: International and Comparative Law Program; UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations; Center for Near Eastern Studies; UCLA History Department; Ziffren Center for Media, Entertainment, Technology and Sports Law; International Human Rights Law Students Association.

#LosAngeles #California #DalyasDoc #FilmScreening #UCLA

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Dalya, the only Muslim at a private Catholic high school in Los Angeles must straddle her two worlds, while navigating her teenage years and her religious faith. Viewers are brought into the intimate world of this family, as Dalya and her family tackle complex experiences, from immigration, assimila...
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Friends in NYC, in case you missed it— Dalya's Other Country is screening at the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College's Held Auditorium at 12pm on Feb 25th. Join our director, Julia Meltzer, for a Q&A!

Film synopsis: With their country at war and her parents’ marriage falling apart, 12-year-old Dalya and her mother leave Aleppo, Syria, to join her brother in Los Angeles. Together they navigate life in a new country. Dalya, a smiling, effervescent teenager who is the only girl who wears a headscarf at her all-girls Catholic school, must balance her father’s expectations with her developing ideals. A remarkable story of a family displaced by the Syrian conflict explores how they must grow and change, caught between highly politicized identities.

#DalyasDoc #AthenaFilmFestival #NYC #WomenInFilm #FilmFestival

With their country at war and her parents’ marriage falling apart, 12-year-old Dalya and her mother leave Aleppo, Syria, to join her brother in Los Angeles. Together they navigate life in a new country. Dalya, a smiling, effervescent teenager who is the only girl who wears a headscarf at her all-g...
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From CBC News: "Their families now cling to photographs, recorded voicemail messages and memories. For each family, the death of their loved one is still a fresh wound.

Here are the photographs the friends and families of the six victims agreed to share, along with some of the memories of those who knew them best."

#QuebecCity #Islamophobia #RememberJan29

They all chose Canada as the place to raise their families. They all lost their lives for being in their place of worship at the wrong time. The loved ones of the six victims of the Quebec City mosque shooting share their stories.
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Psychologist Elise Bittenbinder in interview with Jeannette Cwienk: "The important thing is that children have hope, prospects in life and experiences that make them feel confident and creative – and not just bruised. This could be experiences in sports, a community or well-functioning family circles. But with some children, it can be the fact that they understand why their experiences have such a strong effect on them and why they cannot forget them."

Qantara.de - Dialogue with the Islamic World | #Syria

Children in Syria are growing up as a traumatised generation. Many have never known life without war. Processing such experiences is extremely difficult, says psychologist Elise Bittenbinder in interview with Jeannette Cwienk
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“In the rest of the world, when they find a rose, they smell it. In Aleppo, we make jam out of it.”

"Majeda Jabali, a refugee from Damascus, opened a Syrian restaurant with her sister outside of Paris... For her, cooking food was a way of holding onto the larg...e communal meals they had shared in Damascus."

Since we first met Majeda over a year ago, we've been able to meet with chefs all over the world. One especially fortunate encounter was meeting Abdullah Nashef and Ammar Nashed, founders of a catering company of Aleppan cuisine. Much like Majeda bringing Damascene cuisine to her new home near Paris, Abdullah and Ammar, "a young chef and an entrepreneur, are bringing the magic of Aleppan gastronomy to Amsterdam."

Read more about this dynamic duo here: http://www.mosaicstories.org/…/need-order-cook-aleppos-leg…/

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“In the rest of the world, when they find a rose, they smell it. In Aleppo, we make jam out of it.” Located at the crossing point of the historic Silk Road, the city of Aleppo has long been famous for its ancient market, its towering citadel, its olive oil soap, and its vibrant textiles. …
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Congratulations to Feras Fayyad! Delighted to share POV's 30th season with you!

From POV: "Last men in Aleppo اخر الرجال في حلب was nominated for a 2018 Academy Award for Documentary Feature! Check out our filmmaker interview and find out how director Firas Fayyad began filming this incredible story."

#OscarNoms #Oscar2018 #POV30 #POVdocs

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This is why Feras Fayyad made Last men in Aleppo اخر الرجال في حلب.

"A documentary both urgent and mournful" (The New York Times), tune in TONIGHT on PBS or stream it free on pov.org at 10/9c.

ICYMI, North Carolina— Join Duke MSA Social Justice Committee for a conversation with Hind Makki this Saturday, January 27th.

Details: "Hind will help us think through how young Muslim women can cultivate voice and leadership in their religious communities, what kinds of leadership and communication models are most effective in these settings, how to navigate Islamophobia and patriarchy, and finally, how to maintain resilience and self-care in the face of these forces. Food will be provided. Event is co-sponsored with Kenan Institute for Ethics."

#Muslimah #Islam #Islamophobia #leadership #activism #Duke

JAN27
Sat 5:00 PM ESTPerkins 217 Perkins Bostock Library Duke University
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“It has been 365 days since President Trump signed Executive Order 13769, his first Muslim ban. To mark the anniversary, we invited people to share how the ban affects their lives. Stories poured in from the United States and abroad; of families separated, weddings postponed, and lives uprooted. Communities across the country are grappling with what it means to be Muslim in the United States, living under a president who says that 'Islam hates us,' and has spun that prejudice into actual policy.” ACLU | #NoMuslimBanEver

It has been 365 days since President Trump signed Executive Order 13769, his first Muslim ban. To mark the anniversary, we invited people to share how the ban affects their lives. Stories poured in from the United States and abroad; of families separated, weddings postponed, and lives uprooted. Comm...
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