Documentaries by Filmmaker Musa Syeed

TheBigHouse  ValleyofSaints

The Big House & Valley of Saints
Wednesday, August 2, 6:30 p.m.

MET Community and Educational Center: 2nd Floor Al-Andalusia Hall
10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223

The Big House:
In post-revolution Yemen, when a boy finds a way into the empty mansion down the street, he lets himself and his imagination run wild in the big house.

Valley of Saints:
In war-torn Kashmir, a lakeside city is plunged into a military curfew. Stranded together on breathtaking Dal Lake, a working-class boatman and a beautiful young scientist form an unlikely bond. But as violence spills in from the city, their budding romance may not survive.

Musa Syeed Independent filmmaker and writer

MusaSyeedHis two narrative feature films A STRAY (SXSW '16) and VALLEY OF SAINTS (Sundance Film Festival, Audience Award '12) were both New York Times Critics Picks. THE BIG HOUSE, a narrative short Syeed shot in Yemen, was a 2014 Sundance selection. His current features in development have been supported by the San Francisco Film Society, Tribeca Film Institute, and Torino Film Lab.
His previous films include the short documentaries BRONX PRINCESS (Official Selection: Berlinale) and A SON'S SACRIFICE (Best Short Doc, Tribeca Film Festival & International Documentary Awards). Both films had national PBS broadcasts and were co-produced with Yoni Brook.
He also co-directed THE CALLING, a documentary miniseries for PBS' Independent Lens, and contributed several video reports for In the interactive space, Syeed was a co-producer of the transmedia storytelling project #30DaysRamadan, which was developed at a Mozilla Hackathon and supported by ITVS.
Syeed was a teaching artist for the Tribeca Film Institute and an adjunct professor of documentary production at Williams College. As a Fulbright Fellow, Syeed lived in Cairo, Egypt, where he focused on experimental filmmaking. He is an alumnus of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Department.

Zero Tolerance!

Oregonians Standing Together Against Hate Forum

Monday, July 24th, 2017 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
MET Community and Educational Center 1st Floor Al-Madinah Hall
10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223

Buffet Dinner  5:30 - 6:15
Keynote Address  6:15 - 7:00
Panel Discussion  7:00 - 8:00

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Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum invites you to a presentation and panel discussion at the Muslim Educational Trust Community and Educational Center to understand the underlying issues and share potential solutions for the recent spike in hate-related incidents. Professor Jack Levin, a nationally recognized expert on violence and hate, will discuss the psychology and dynamics behind this troubling trend. His presentation will be followed by a discussion moderated by Oregon Department of Justice Director of Civil Rights, Erious Johnson. The panel will include diverse community leaders, law enforcement personnel and elected officials, who will share their insights and take questions. Please join Attorney General Rosenblum and take a stand against hate.

Jack Levin is the Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology and co-director of the Center on Violence and Conflict at Northeastern University in Boston. Professor Levin's work on hate crimes, mass murder, serial killers, and prejudice has made him one of the most widely recognized and quoted sociologists in the public sector. For over 25 years, Professor Levin has used the sociological perspective to contextualize sensational media stories, dispel myths, influence public policy and change how people think about violence and hate crimes.

Sponsored by: Muslim Educational Trust, Institute of Christian Muslim Understanding (ICMU), Beloved Community of Oregon Coalition, Building Bridges of Understanding Coalition, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, Muslim Community Center of Portland (MCCP), Somali American Cultural Center of Oregon (SACCO), Center for African and Immigrant Resettlement of Oregon (CAIRO), Portland United Against Hate, Neighborhood House, Jewish Voice for Peace, Urban League of Portland, Portland Leadership Foundation, Oregon Center for Christian Values, Race Talks, First Congregational United Church of Christ, World Affairs Council of Oregon.

MET Professional Network (MPN) Forum!

Financing your Business: Mercy Corps NW and the MET

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
MET Community and Educational Center 2nd Floor Al-Andalusia Hall
10330 SW Scholls Ferry Road, Tigard, OR 97223
Refreshments will be served

Community meeting in which Mercy Corps NW will describe their extensive small business services (grants, loans, and training) and welcome MET community feedback on how they can best serve MET entrepreneurs.

Mercy Corps Northwest staff will introduce their small business programs (loans, matched savings IDA grants, education & training) and briefly discuss Mercy Corps Northwest's other community initiative.

MercyCorps Northwest (MCNW) is a 501(c)(3), established in 1998, that focuses on building the resilience and economic stability of individuals and the community in the Pacific Northwest through economic development and community integration.