10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturdays, Oct. 15, 2016 - March 15, 2017 @ AANM
For young women ages 14-17
FREE based on application acceptance


Reel Stories: Empowering Young Women through the Art of Filmmaking is a Museums ConnectSM project. Museums Connect is an initiative of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that is administered by the American Alliance of Museums. 

Reel Stories is a joint program between the Arab American National Museum and Palestinian Heritage Museum. This program represents our joint commitment to empowering young people through the arts by improving the confidence, self-esteem, and accomplishments of girls and young women in our programs. 

The program will offer 40 young women, 20 each from metro Detroit and East Jerusalem, between the ages of 14-17, a free and competitive opportunity to participate in a 20-week film making program. The program strives to bolster confidence, enlighten accomplishments, and enhance imagery of young women through learning the art of filmmaking, education, and creating international dialogues based on each other’s experiences. 

The 20 week filmmaking program includes three sections: 1) pre-production (focusing on writing and preparing a film; 2) production (focusing on directing and acting); and 3) post production (editing). 


Reel Stories introduces students to directing, acting, shooting, and editing a short movie that will 3 to 10 minutes length. Students will learn to write their scripts, how to use digital filmmaking equipment during workshop sessions and go into production. It introduces students to every step from the creative idea to the finalization of a short movie project. The program features workshops, screenings and discussion via classroom and closed social media. Reel Stories will culminate in a series of public film screenings at the Arab American National Museum and in East Jerusalem at the Palestinian Heritage Museum. 

Students may contact our education team should they have any questions: 

Isra El-beshir ielbeshir@accesscommunity.org 
Petra Alsoofy palsoofy@accesscommunity.org
13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126 - Phone (313) 582-AANM (2266) A Project of ACCESS