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.
The Neighborhood Storyteller is a documentary feature film that explores human resilience, the transition from child to adult and one's capacity to turn hardships into an opportunity for self growth.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD STORYTELLER
Duration (50 min.)
Public Release Date: 2023
AWARDS & FILM FESTIVALS
Director & Co-Editor
Producer, Camera B & Photographer
Francisco J. Alcala
DOP, Consulting Producer & Co-Editor
Associate Producer & WLR Coordinator
Original Score Mixer & Oud Player
Location Audio Mixer
Transcription and Translation By
Dr. Rana Dajani
Royal Film Commission Jordan
Tarek Abu Ghoush
The Big Heart Foundation
A Production Of
Made Possible With the Support Of
We Love Reading
Mariam Al Hammadi
Alan & Michelle Andrews