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Interview with the co-producers of Marked: The Untold Story of Iraqi Christians

May 21, 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REjGl3c-VSo   Co-producers Vanessa Denha-Garmo and Al Zara talk about making the documentary Marked: The Untold Story of Iraqi Christians... Read More

Interview with Rev. Kenneth Bunge, advisor to the Chaldean translation program

May 21, 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4meUgwwUGU Reverend Kenneth Bunge was born in Monroe, Michigan and grew up there, graduating from Monroe High school in 1974. Later that year he began attending Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. By the end of the second year the College was accredited as a four-year school, and he remained there, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1978, majoring in music. He stayed on one more year and took all language courses, finishing the program with a Major in Biblical Hebrew Studies in 1979. In the fall of that year, he spent two quarters at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. In the fall he switched gears and enlisted in the Air Force, serving as an Arabic and Hebrew linguist for twenty years. Ken returned to Concordia Seminary in 2003, finished the program in 2006, and served as a pastor in Minnesota until 2009. That same year he joined Lutheran Bible Translators, taking the required coursework, and teaming up with Arabic Bible Translation in 2011 to help w... Read More

Interview with Loolwa Khazzoom, Iraqi-Israeli-American singer and writer

May 21, 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLG-uZ4l9KM Iraqi-Israeli-American singer Loolwa Khazzoom has had a meandering career as a musician, dancer, writer, educator, and more, all with the central organizing principle of individual and collective healing. She is the singer, songwriter, and bass player for the band Iraqis in Pajamas, which combines ancient Iraqi Jewish prayer with original alternative and punk rock. Her music, writing, and other work has been featured in top media including The New York Times and Rolling Stone; she has performed and presented at leading venues including Harvard University and the Simon Wiesenthal Center; and she has published two books, taught throughout the Ivy League and at universities nationwide – The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage and Consequence: Beyond Resisting Rape. Khazzoom offers up her unique blend of ancient, sacred, and original music as the catalyst for deep healing and trans... Read More

Interview with Ashtar Alkhirsan, award-winning filmmaker based in the U.K.

May 21, 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9YboAWfZFQ A graduate of the National Film and Television School, Ashtar began her career making arts documentaries for the BBC. Following the death of her father, she became interested in the experience of the generation Iraqi men and women who came to the UK in the 50s and 60s and who she think’s are part of a forgotten diaspora. She made my short film, Abdullah and Leilah, with this in mind. The lead was played by the iconic Iraqi actor Sami Abdul Hameed. Ashtar is currently working on a documentary about the UK AIDS Quilt and a drama script which looks at the experience of an Iraqi family and their children when they seek refuge in the UK.... Read More

Interview with Bashar Hanna, music teacher and writer

May 21, 2022

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjDbB-2m7Tk Based in Australia, Bashar Hanna is the founder of several art-based therapy groups. He is a music teacher, writer, and columnist. In 2018, Bashar was awarded the community fellowship of Western Sydney University for his achievements in the community arts sector.... Read More

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