GIVING VOICE TO IRAQI IMMIGRANTS
The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP) has partnered with the Veterans Book Project and artist Monica Haller, filmmaker Nathan Fisher, and The Advocates for Human Rights to make books and videos with several Iraqis. The books and videos tell the stories of the Iraqi authors and producers. Also included below are several books by American veterans and a curriculum for elementary, middle school, and high school students.
BOOKS BY IRAQIS
Ali M. Al-Husseiny
Ahmed Talab Dawood
Hilwah Sabah Raji Alrufaie
BOOKS BY AMERICAN VETERANS
Riley and His Story
The Voices of Iraqi Refugees curriculum is comprised of a teacher background on Iraqi refugees and three separate lesson plans for elementary, middle school, and high school students. The curriculum is part of a joint project between the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, The Advocates for Human Rights, and independent artists Nathan Fisher and Monica Haller.
The Veterans Book Project (VBP) is a library of books authored collaboratively between artist Monica Haller and individuals experiencing the recent American-led wars. Many books are by veterans–one is by a mother, another by a brother whose sibling was killed in combat. Some books are by Iraqis–a medical student, a refugee recently arrived in the United States. They are the authors, the experts. Each individual book (as a vehicle of history and memory, stable yet mobile) re-deploys volatile images with the aim of re-articulating and refashioning memories. Each book stands alone, first disseminated by its author, and then becomes part of the larger VBP library.
Similarly, each short documentary film in this collection is an expression by the producer of his or her unique experiences. Each film is the result of collaboration between the producer and filmmaker Nathan Fisher, designed to be used as an educational tool for Americans.
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the state’s arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.