Equipment training with Lajnah Ima'illah in July 2013. Photo courtesy of Scribe Video Center.
Muslim Voices of Philadelphia, an oral history media project that explores the rich and diverse history of Muslim communities in the Philadelphia region, is being screened at various locations throughout Philadelphia. Under the direction of artistic director and 1994 Pew Fellow Louis Massiah, Scribe Video Center has produced a broadcast-length documentary that explores Muslim communities from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that no longer exist in Philadelphia.
Muslim Voices of Philadelphia allows Muslims to tell stories in their own voices, and to respond to the past decade of negative attention focused on their communities, while learning concrete skills in media-making. In a planning process that involved extensive outreach to these communities, funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in 2010 and 2012, Scribe identified groups to create short media pieces—linear documentaries, web-based projects, podcasts, and more—that commemorate personal histories, recount immigrant stories, and speak to the power of the Muslim faith. Outside audiences who view the completed works will gain a better knowledge of Islam and an understanding of the challenges Muslims face in today's world.
For more information about Muslim Voices of Philadelphia, please visit the project website. Muslim Voices of Philadelphia will be screened at the following locations, in Philadelphia:
September 6, 3 p.m.: African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
September 14, 4 p.m.: Reconstructionist Rabbinical College & Lutheran Theological Seminary, 7301 Germantown Avenue
September 18, 7 p.m.: Central Library, 1901 Vine Street, Room 108
September 24, 6 p.m.: Romanita G. de Rodriguez Library, 600 West Girard Avenue
September 27, 1 p.m.: Overbrook Library, 7422 Haverford Avenue
September 30, 6 p.m.: Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut Street
October 1, 6 p.m.: Wyoming Library, 231 East Wyoming Avenue
October 2, 5:30 p.m.: Drexel University, 2019-20 MacAlister Hall, 3250-60 Chestnut Street
October 4, 2 p.m.: Joseph Coleman Regional Library, 68 West Chelten Avenue
October 7, 6 p.m.: University of Pennsylvania, ARCH Building, Room 208, 36th and Locust
October 11, 2 p.m.: West Oak Lane Library, 2000 Washington Lane
October 15, 6 p.m.: Wynnefield Library, 5325 Overbrook Avenue
October 18, 3 p.m.: Widener Library, 2808 West Lehigh Avenue
October 24, 2 p.m.: Al Aqsa Academy, 1501 Germantown Avenue
October 30, 5:30 p.m.: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 South 7th Street
October 31, 2 p.m.: Lillian Marrero Library, 601 West Lehigh Avenue
November 1, 2 p.m.: Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Avenue