8th Annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival
Shorts and Panel Discussion: Muslim Youth Voices
Muslim Youth Voices Project (MYVP) is a three-year national initiative of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) to help 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.
This will be the World Premiere of the short films that were produced during the seven-day filmmaking workshop that MYVP hosted in Philadelphia during July 2015, followed by a panel discussion with workshop instructors and members of the community.
Shorts written and directed by Muslim youth in Philadelphia:
In Food for Thought, a high school senior uncovers a sinister plot for world domination and stumbles onto a secret weapon. Will it be enough to save the world?
While longing to travel, a young woman will Rediscover the city of her dreams. James may have finally met his match when a new kid appears in the neighborhood with a killer Crossover. And it’s actually lonely being Barry, the big bully in middle school. Thankfully, he gets unexpected help from Friends in Time. Youth filmmakers will be in attendance.
This program will be followed by a thought-provoking discussion with award winning filmmaker Musa Syeed and other panelists on Muslim Americans and the media.
Musa Syeed is an independent filmmaker recognized both for his documentary and narrative works. His 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.
Moderated by Kar Yin Tham, an independent filmmaker based in San Francisco and Kuala Lumpur. Formerly Associate Director at the Center for Asian American Media, she has produced standards based curriculum aligned content for PBS Learning Media and supported the development of documentaries for public television. Kar Yin also coordinated the Muslim Youth Voices workshop in Philadelphia.