WOMEN IN FILM AWARD - Mountainfilm | TOM LANTOS BEST HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD - Women Voices Now Film Festival | BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - International Film Festival The HagueWomen Empowerment & Leadership • Refugee Experiences • Teen Literacy • Community Activism • Motherhood • Self-discovery • Collective Healing • Breaking Societal Norms • Grassroots Movements Cultural Gender Dynamics
Date of Completion: 2021 | Run Time: 50 minutes | Language: Arabic with English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Greek subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director/Co-Editor: Alejandra Alcala | Producer/Second Camera: Francisco Alcala | Director of Photography/Co-Editor: Alex Garcia | Original Score: Bernardo Castro | Associate Producer: Ghufran Abudayyeh | Audio Mixer: Essa Makhadmeh
THE NEIGHBORHOOD STORYTELLER unfolds the inspiring journey of Asmaa Rashed, a young Syrian mother turned change-maker in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp. Denied education in her youth and thrust into the challenges of displacement and motherhood, Asmaa discovers her strength and purpose through the We Love Reading program. Embracing the art of reading aloud, she establishes vibrant reading circles, transforming a humble act into a powerful tool for social change. As her own daughter enters adolescence, Asmaa is reminded of her educational deprivation, fueling her resolve to empower the next generation of girls. She launches a project aimed at teenage girls, using literature as a catalyst to expand their horizons, nurture self-worth, and inspire them to envision a future filled with opportunities. Her efforts ripple through the community, challenging traditional norms and igniting a collective quest for knowledge, resilience, and empowerment. THE NEIGHBORHOOD STORYTELLER is a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the transformative power of education and community activism in the face of adversity.