Apply to the Muslim Youth Voices Project

Free summer filmmaking workshop presented by the Center for Asian American Media

The Muslim Youth Voices Project is a national initiative of the Center for Asian American Media. This three-year initiative is an effort to amplify the expressions and celebrations of Muslim youth ages 12-18 by providing the tools to tell their stories -- stories often invisible to the national public.

This round, CAAM is offering free filmmaking workshops for youth in the Bay Area and New York City. But heads up -- the application for the one in Fremont is due this Friday, July 18. (Sorry for the short notice.)

Here's some more info:

Muslim Youth Voices


Muslim Youth Voices Project is a national initiative of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Founded in 1980, CAAM is a media arts organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. Through this three-year initiative, CAAM hopes to amplify young people’s expression and celebration of Muslim cultures by giving them the essential tools to tell their stories and the stories of their communities — stories often invisible to the national public.


Muslim Youth Voices Project (MYVP) will offer seven-day filmmaking workshops in six cities across the country. Developed and led by experienced film professionals from the Muslim community, this workshop provides a safe, sensitive space for self-expression and exploration. Through weeklong intensives, students will gain an in-depth appreciation of storytelling and have the opportunity to create their own short films with the help of a professional crew.


New York City: August 4 – 12, 2014, 9:30am to 5:00pm, at Maysles Documentary Center. Apply for the NYC workshops here.

Fremont, California: August 18 – 24, 2014, 9:30am to 5:00pm at Ta’leef Collective. Apply for the Fremont workshops here.

Muslim youth ages 12 to 18, from all religious and ethnic backgrounds, are eligible to apply for this free program.


Lead Instructor Musa Syeed
Musa Syeed’s first feature film, VALLEY OF SAINTS, won the 2012 Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. He has taught film for Williams College and the Tribeca Film Institute. Syeed was a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt and is an alumnus of the Tisch School of the Arts and the Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Department at New York University.

Co-instructor in Fremont, Mustafa Davis
Mustafa is an internationally renowned photographer and filmmaker who teaches film and photography courses and workshops in the United States as well as abroad. Mustafa’s work has been showcased internationally on BBC, MTV, PBS, iTV, Al Risala, Abu Dhabi TV, Dubai TV, Channel 1 Yemen TV, MBC, Al Aqariyya, and at international film festivals.


We are now accepting applications for summer workshops.

Apply here for workshops in Fremont. Application deadline: July 18, 2014.


MYVP is made possible by a grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program.

To find out more about the Muslim Youth Voices Project, head over to the CAAM website. And remember, the deadline to apply to the Fremont workshop is this Friday. If you hustle, you can make it. Click here to apply.

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