Malek Jandali’s evolution from classical musician to passionate activist captures a transformation that the civil war in Syria has wrought on many citizens. This is a story that celebrates the power of art to catalyze social movements. This Talking Eyes Media film is part of Issue #1 of Newest Americans. Newest Americans is  “a multimedia collaboratory of journalists, media-makers, artists, faculty and students telling the stories that radiate from the most diverse university in the nation. Based in Newark, NJ, a city shaped by migration, our project affords a glimpse into the world of the newest Americans and a vision of our demographic future.”

This film was published on National Geographic’s PROOF blog, and also featured on The Atlantic.

Notes for My Homeland has been awarded the Black Maria Film Festival’s Jury’s Select—1st Prize and will screen at New Jersey City University on Thursday, February 4, 2016. 

Notes for My Homeland has been selected to screen at the Garden State Film Festival in Atlantic City during March 31, 2016 – April 3, 2016.

Notes for My Homeland was awarded in the multimedia category of the PDN Storytellers contest.


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