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National Geographic features Newest Americans first documentary: Notes for My Homeland

Mallika Vora

National Geographic featured Notes for My Homeland today, the first documentary in Newest Americans: Stories from the Global City, a co-production of Talking Eyes Media, VII, and Rutgers University-Newark.


For the next three years we'll be partnering with these entities to find and produce stories about the various individuals that have migrated to the United States. The work produced by this collaboration of journalists, students, media-makers and educators will be presented on the Newest Americans website.

Notes for My Homeland profiles American-Syrian composer Malek Jandali, a man who captures the dream of a free Syria in his world-renowned music. The songs he writes are compelling to the point of provoking a personal retaliation from Assad.

“The strategy of dictatorship is to destroy the human spirit,” Jandali says. Despite the painful consequences he has suffered, he continues to strengthen the Syrian spirit with his music.

On January 31st, Jandali will make history as the first Arab-American composer to premiere his work at Carnegie Hall.