Scribe Video Center

1 Dec 2016


Interview with Freehaven Masjid in Lawnside, NJ. Photo by Diana Soukhaphonh, courtesy of Scribe Video Center.


Equipment training with Lajnah Ima'illah in July 2013. Photo courtesy of Scribe Video Center.

Scribe Video Center was founded in 1982 by Louis Massiah (a 1994 Pew Fellow) as a place where individuals and communities learn media-making and explore the use of video as both an artistic medium and as a tool for progressive social change. A nationally known and community-based media arts center, Scribe has compiled more than 300 documentary works that represent a history of Philadelphia told by its citizens.

With Center support, Scribe worked with members of the area's Muslim communities, which have existed in Philadelphia as far back as the 1870s, in creating media which depict their own histories in the region. The process served as a means for building civic engagement and cultural dialogue among these very diverse groups. Under the direction of artistic director Louis Massiah, Scribe will also produce a broadcast-length documentary that explores Muslim communities from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that no longer exist in Philadelphia. A 2014 Center grant will allow Scribe to work with media artists to create site-specific works exploring the Great Migration and its impact on Philadelphia.