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Sunday, June 18 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Reel Stories: Bridging Communities Through Filmmaking

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Our session will feature films and a panel discussion with students from Reel Stories, a joint program between the Arab American National Museum and Palestinian Heritage Museum. Instructors will speak on their roles in creating a safe space that fosters creativity, and program coordinators will share more about program building. The session will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.


Nayla Contejean

Student at AANM's Reel Stories
Nayla attends Troy Athens High School where is a stage manager at her school, Athens Theatre Company, and runs for the Varsity Track and Field team. Aside from this, she is interested in the art of filmmaking. She dreams of moving to Los Angeles to work in the film industry, a field... Read More →

Jenna Hamed

Arab American National Museum
Jenna is a Palestinian American Muslim, constantly experimenting with word, color, cloth, and imagery. Her works are based on firsthand experiences with identity and conflict, and plans to expand the basis of this work in graduate school; focusing on the trajectory of art and design... Read More →

Imad Hassan

Film Instructor at AANM's Reel Stories program
An award winning 20-year media veteran, Imad Hassan’s career spans across multiple disciplines; theatre, print journalism, film & television, the arts and media education.His education includes degrees from Wayne State University in Journalism, Eastern Michigan University in Film... Read More →

Lydia Kuzak

Student at AANM Reel Stories
Lydia Kuzak is 17 years old. She is one of the Directors involved in the Reel Stories program. She has been very involved in social justice throughout her high school career: she volunteered for Detroit based organizations, art programs, and lead a social justice advocacy club called... Read More →

Heba Samra

Student at AANM's Reel Stories
Heba Samra is a 17 year old student attending Star International Academy and is representing Reel Stories as a producer. She is interested in learning about different societies and cultures worldwide and hopes to be a part of the dialogue that unites them through appreciation for... Read More →

Malak Wazne

Student at AANM'S Reel Stories
Malak Wazne, a 17 year old who attends Dearborn High, expresses her perspective on this world through her poetry and a filmmaking. She has a mission to break the barriers we have built in silence by sharing perspectives through a lens. Malak has been nominated for a student Emmy for... Read More →

Sunday June 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
State Hall: Room 106
  Film Screening-Performance