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Nov. 16: Iraqi Voices

Nov. 16: Iraqi Voices



November 16, 2017

Cross-cultural storytelling workshop
2 pm in Centennial Student Union Room 201

Iraqi Voices Documentary Film Screening
7 pm in Armstrong Hall room 101

Iraqi Voices is an ongoing collaborative mentorship program that gives Iraqis in Minnesota support and training to produce high-quality documentary video shorts. The films are written and directed by Iraqi-American participants and are photographed and edited by Nathan Fisher. Operated by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, this activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Based in Minneapolis, the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) facilitates artistic and cultural dialogue betweenIraqis and Americans. IARP presents authentic Iraqi and American voices to counter negative stereotypes, build mutual understanding and respect, and provide a platform for dialogue.

We’ll also be hosting a workshop:

Cross-cultural Storytelling — Perspectives from the Iraqi Voices Project: Come away with a deeper understanding of how to make cross-cultural storytelling effective, accurate, and fair. Participate in a discussion with US documentary filmmaker Nathan Fisher and the Iraqi immigrant and refugee directors of Iraqi Voices.

Here is a link to the project:

Nathan Fisher is the Voices teaching artist and filmmaker. The two filmmakers who will attend the screening and workshop along with Nathan Fisher are Dr. Azar Maluki and Adnan Shati. Below are their bios:

Adnan Shati (Alshati), was born in the marshes of  Southern Iraq. Educated in Iraq, Florence-Italy, and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has worked as a freelance artist most of his adult life. Adnan has held and participated in personal and group art exhibitions in the Middle East, Europe, and in Minnesota.  He moved to Minnesota in 1990 and became a special education teacher with a Master Degree in Special Education from the University of Minnesota. He has directed two Iraqi Voices short documentary films.

Dr. Azar Maluki MD, was born in Najaf, Iraq.  He is a board-certified dermatologist, and was a consultant physician and professor atthe University of Kufa, Iraq. He is married to Shaymaa Jakjook (M.Sc.,Geography) and has two sons and one daughter. Azar first visited Minneapolis in 2011 and 2013 with a delegation of Iraqi health professionals as part of the exchange visits between Najaf and Minneapolis organized by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project. He arrived in Minneapolis with his family in 2015 and joined the Dermatology Imaging Center in the Department of Dermatology at the UMN-Twin Cities Campus as a Research Fellow. He focuses on the detection of stealth pathogen infections in humans using immunohistochemistry and advanced skin imaging technologies. Recently, in collaboration with American and IraqiMinnesotan friends, he helped establish IARP’s “Muslim-Christian Dialogue Team”, to build bridges of dialogue and cultural understanding between Muslim and Christian communities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Dr. Maluki has directed one short documentary film as part of the Iraqi Voices project.



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