The Neighborhood Storyteller


War tragically pushed Asmaa out of her home country, Syria. Seven years later, with Asmaa’s first-born daughter reaching adolescence, a flashback of her education deprived past inspires her to embark on a new read aloud project to empower teenage girls to build a future of opportunities she never had. The Neighborhood Storyteller tells Asmaa’s story. This documentary feature film explores human resilience, the transition from child to adult and one’s capacity to turn hardships into an opportunity for self-growth. 

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Coming Soon – New Resource!

We are excited to announce that we have a discussion guide coming soon for this multi-award winning film! This guide will also feature connections to Muzoon: A Syrian Refugee Speaks Out by Muzzon Almellehan with Wendy Pearlman for educators interested in doing a film-book pairing.

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War tragically pushed Asmaa out of her home country, Syria, where her destiny had been written as a wife and mother with only 16 years of age. Asmaa rebuilt her adult identity as the neighborhood storyteller and began using reading aloud to children for fun as a bridge to tackle critical issues in her new community at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan.
 
Seven years later, with Asmaa’s first-born daughter reaching adolescence, a flashback of her education deprived past emerges and inspires her to embark on a new read aloud project to empower teenage girls to build a future of opportunities she never had. Despite her complex living situation as a refugee and the community’s conservative mindset, Asmaa is determined to raise a conscious generation of successful women.

This powerful documentary film explores human resilience, the transition from child to adult and one’s capacity to turn hardships into an opportunity for self-growth.

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Journeys in Film supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This resource will connect with the following UN SDGs. Learn more about teaching with these goals here: https://en.unesco.org/themes/education/sdgs/material.

Dark red square with a white 4 in the upper left-hand corner. Quality Education, in white text, beside the number, and a book and pencil, white stencil style, is the focus art on the red background. Red orange background. Number five upper left hand corner. Gender Equality, white, beside the number. Main image on the orange background is a symbol that combines the man symbol and woman symbol with equal marks inside the circle part of the symbol.

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