Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

AMIDEAST Releases New Video for K-12 Classes

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

AMIDEAST Releases New Video for K-12 Classes

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AMIDEAST Releases New Video for K-12 Classes

AMIDEAST has produced a truly excellent video about young people in the Arab world. In just 30 minutes we meet five teenagers, Muhammed from Jordan, Tamara from Lebanon, Hazem from Egypt, Sa'ud from Kuwait, and Khadija from Morocco. As each talks about his or her life and times, viewers learn about the teachings and practice of Islam, the roots of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Middle East, the study of archeology, rural-urban migration, the origins of agriculture, typical foods, the importance of proverbs, the visual beauty of Arabic writing, the variety of livelihoods and tasks for teenagers, the family as a source of stability and security, the roles of women, education in the Arab world, colonization and independence, and the experience shared by all five youngsters of growing up in a world vastly different from the times of their parents and grandparents.

An accompanying study guide will assist teachers in building on the themes contained in the video.

Director Leslie Nucho and all others involved should be congratulated for packing so much information into just 30 minutes.

Casey Kasem provides narration. This truly outstanding production has already won an Honorable Mention at the 1998 Columbus (OH) International Film and Video Festival. …

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