I shot this video for the International Rescue Committee as we were celebrating Mother’s Day (March 21 in the Arab world) in Zaatari refugee camp. Take a look at this beautiful day, with beautiful kids and their amazing mothers!
“And I’ve always felt that the beauty of being surrounded by the foreign is that it slaps you awake, you can’t take anything for granted. Travel for me is a little bit like being in love because suddenly all your senses are at the setting marked ‘on.’ Suddenly you’re alert to the secret patterns of the world.”
You all should watch this great TED talk on where home really is:
One short minute–that’s all you need to check out the Baqa’a Beautification Day we had this past April on Earth Day. Let these cute kids tell you aaaaall about how you can care for the environment:
I’ve been sitting on this for quite a while, and I’m not exactly sure why – time to swallow all my insecurities and just share it!
In February, I traveled with some friends (#shoutout Julie, Biff, and blog-less Maya) to Ramallah to film a piece on the West Bank village of Taybeh and Taybeh Brewery. This is the result.
Watch and share, if you please.
About a week ago, I went to an engagement party and somehow ended up in a choreographed dance at the beginning (thanks to Julie). I’ve had a lot of unexpected moments here, but I never thought I would be voguing to Pitbull at a Jordanian engagement party. But, it happened.
The beginning was fatefully caught on film, and it is with great pride and a little embarrassment that I show it to you all:
Guys, take four minutes out of your day and watch this video for the Orphan Welfare Association, where my roommate Julie volunteers, and where I was fortunate enough to see firsthand all the incredible work that is done there.
To donate, click here.
Here ’tis, a short video I made for Reclaim Childhood, an incredible organization that provides sports programs for young girls from at-risk refugee communities. Check out their faces, positively radiant. It’s a beautiful thing to watch girls run free in a space where they can simply be themselves, in a society that often makes it hard to do just that.
Thanks to every single person who helped out–from my awesome roommate Julie who kept me sane while I edited, to Maya who after many pre-screenings reassured me that people would enjoy this, to Ryan who basically kept me from nervously weeping into my mjadara in fear of people’s judgement…and finally to ALL the Fulbrighters who so graciously went on camera to talk about their hopes for the upcoming year. I’m excited to start this journey!
I’ve been truly blessed to be among an amazing group of Fulbrighters here in Amman. I thought it would be a cool project to interview everyone about their goals and feelings before the grant period, and again at the end. This is just the beginning of the video…it might be a while, because combing through 30 interviews is harder than I anticipated.
Special thanks to the two Marias, Biff, Sadaf, Thawab, Ryan, Mike, and Maya who allowed me to get up close and personal with their beautiful faces. You guys are the best.