Muslim Youth Voices

OVERVIEW

Muslim Youth Voices Project is a national initiative of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Founded in 1980, CAAM is a media arts organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. Through this three-year initiative, CAAM hopes to amplify young people’s expression and celebration of Muslim cultures by giving them the essential tools to tell their stories and the stories of their communities — stories often invisible to the national public.

FREE FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS

Muslim Youth Voices Project (MYVP) will offer seven-day filmmaking workshops in six cities across the country. Developed and led by experienced film professionals from the Muslim community, this workshop provides a safe, sensitive space for self-expression and exploration. Through weeklong intensives, students will gain an in-depth appreciation of storytelling and have the opportunity to create their own short films with the help of a professional crew.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: July 20 – 28, 2015, 9:30am to 5:00pm, at Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy and PhillyCAM. Apply for the Philadelphia workshops here.

Minneapolis, Minnesota: August 3 – 9, 2015, 9:30am to 5:00pm at Augsburg College and Somali Youth Link. Apply for the Fremont workshops here.

Muslim youth ages 12 to 18, from all religious and ethnic backgrounds, are eligible to apply for this free program.

INSTRUCTORS

Lead Instructor Musa Syeed
Musa Syeed’s first feature film, VALLEY OF SAINTS, won the 2012 Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He has taught film for Williams College and the Tribeca Film Institute. Syeed was a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt and is an alumnus of the Tisch School of the Arts and the Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Department at New York University.

APPLICATION

We are now accepting applications for summer workshops.

Apply here for workshops in Philadelphia. Application deadline: June 23, 2015.

Apply here for workshops in Minneapolis. Application deadline: June 28, 2015.

FUNDING

MYVP is made possible by a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program.

Read this blog post for more background info about MYVP.

SCREENINGS

World Premiere of 2014 summer workshop short films in Oakland, CA at CAAMFest on March 21, 2015.

World Premiere of 2015 summer workshop short films in Philadelphia, PA at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 14, 2015.

PRESS

Can the Arts Counter Islamophobia? This Funder’s Making that Bet” (Inside Philanthropy)

We Explored the Minds of Young Muslim Directors” (Oogeewoogee)

Film Projects Empowers Muslim Youth To Tell Their Own Stories” (NBC News)

AWARDS

Best Youth Filmmaker Award at the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, Roodo Abdikadir, director of Imagination

FOLLOW

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