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

September 23, 2021

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

September 23, 2021

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

Interview with Heather Raffo, Iraqi American Playwright and Actress

September 23, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cOVXFWnEpM Heather Raffo is an award-winning playwright and actress whose work has taken her from the Kennedy Center to the U.S. Islamic World Forum in Qatar, and from London’s House of Lords to classrooms nationally and internationally. Her work has been supported by the State Department, Doris Duke, Mellon and Annenberg Foundations and has been seen off Broadway, off West End in regional theater and in film. An American with Iraqi roots, Raffo’s plays have been hailed by The New Yorker as “an example of how art can remake the world”. She is the author and performer of NOURA, hailed by Gloria Steinem as a truly feminist refugee narrative (Weissberger Award, Helen Hayes MacArthur award Best Original New Play) which premiered in D.C. before moving to Abu Dhabi, Cairo, NYC and theaters across the nation, and 9 Parts of Desire (Lucielle Lortel award, Blackburn commendation, Helen Hayes, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nomination) which ... Read More

Interview with the filmmakers of “Saving the Iraqi Jewish Archives”

September 23, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDXUDafvYlA Carole Basri is a visiting professor at Peking University School of Transnational Law since 2011, and a visiting professor at Pericles Law School since 2014. At Fordham University Law School she was an adjunct professor from 2010 to 2018 and she started the Fordham Corporate Compliance Certificate Program in 2013 and she help create at Fordham Law School the first LLM in Corporate Compliance at a U.S. law school, which was launched in 2014 with ABA approval. Ms. Basri created the Corporate Lawyering Group LLC Corporate Compliance Certificate Program in São Paulo, Brazil, where the sixth workshop was held from April 1st to 6th, 2019. In 2003, Ms. Basri was a member of the US State Department’s “Future of Iraq” Project. From July 2003 until July 2004, she was a member for the Coalition Provisional Authority, wit... Read More

Interview with Asmaa Jamil, author of the “Kingdom of Treasures” series

September 23, 2021

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnDZajbCR6w Originally from Northern Iraq, Asmaa Jamil was born into the Chaldean Christian ethnic group before moving to the United States, where she grew up. Leaving the corporate world not long ago to focus on her writing full time, Asmaa draws on her experiences living and working in several different counties to influence her creative process. While abroad, Asmaa learned about other cultures and their unique traditions, a key role in her development as a writer. Asmaa Jamil holds a BS in Business from Oakland University, an MBA in International Business from Wayne State University, a PGCert in Management Information Systems from Oakland University, and an MLA in Near Eastern Languages from Wayne State University. She boasts over two decades of professional experience in retail and wholesale credit as well as entrepreneurship. During this time period, she has gained extensive cultural insights, working with diverse international teams in Asia, ... Read More

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