The Neighborhood Storyteller is Now Available

The Neighborhood Storyteller follows Asmaa Rashed, a young Syrian woman in a refugee camp in Jordan who embarks on a read-aloud project to empower girls and foster collective healing. Despite her complex living situation as a refugee and the community’s conservative mindset, Asmaa Rashed is determined to raise a new generation of successful women. 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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Product Description

The Neighborhood Storyteller is an inspirational film for your classroom highlighting the transformative power of education and community activism in the face of adversity.

Literary Connection: Our The Neighborhood Storyteller Guide features connections to Muzoon: A Syrian Refugee Speaks Out for grades 5-12 by Muzoon Almellehan with Wendy Pearlman, for educators interested in doing a film-book pairing.

Film runtime: 49 minutes.

Film rating: Not rated. This film is appropriate for Grades 5 and up.

Discussion Guide

Award-winning documentary film The Neighborhood Storyteller is an engaging teaching tool to excite students about the power of reading. It also introduces students to current events in Syria and life in refugee camps, and invites them to think about evolving gender norms and gender equity.

The Discussion Guide for The Neighborhood Storyteller offers questions to encourage critical thinking, engaging discussions, and expanded understanding of the film’s subject matter. The Guide includes sections on:

  • About the Film
  • About We Love Reading and Professor Rana Dajani
  • Syria (Context and Background)
  • Girls and Education
  • Reading, Literacy and Storytelling
  • Grassroots Work, Life Skills, and Future Vision
  • Literary Connection: Muzoon: A Syrian Refugee Speaks Out by Muzoon Almellehan with Wendy Pearlman
  • Connections Between the Book and Film
  • Additional Resources

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Booking Speakers

Would you like to invite the filmmakers/film participants to speak at a screening of The Neighborhood Storyteller? GOOD TALKS helps with arrangements for educational speaking engagements. Contact them through the Good Talks contact form.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Journeys in Film supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more about teaching with UN SDGs. This curriculum guide connects to the following SDGs.

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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