Monday, October 31, 2005

Keeping busy

Daylight Savings Time rules! I love how I get to bed early and then sleep late and it's still only 9 when I get up. Only problem is, it's going to be getting dark at, like, 5 or something.

I've got to spend some time today preparing interview questions for filming tomorrow eve. Samer and Ghassan are coming to class to be filmed, and I'm a bit unsure of how things are going to turn out. Ideally, I'd like to film them at our place, but it's going to be a classroom exercise.

Here's the abstract on the film I'm hoping to get done in my film class:

Both Samer Kurdi and Ghassan Wahbeh are Jordanians who have spent a considerable amount of time living in the United States. For both of them, their first years living here were a time of enormous change and personal discovery that have shaped who they are today.

The egalitarianism, creativity and openness they encountered in U.S. society played a large role in encouraging them to make decisions they would have never anticipated while living in Jordan. Samer, who had originally come to the U.S. to study pharmacy, discovered painting during his university years in Boston and later returned to Amman to become a prominent Jordanian artist. Ghassan completed a medical specialization and is currently working at Children’s Hospital. As a result of experiencing America’s brand of social freedom and conscientious medical practice models, he has decided to establish his medical practice in Seattle rather than return to Amman.

Samer has recently moved back to the U.S. after living in Jordan for the past 7 years. While he and Ghassan feel at home in the U.S. and are happy to be here, they both have found that the American values they first discovered when arriving are not quite the same as they once experienced them. They find that many things have changed and that the aspects of what they believe makes America the country it is—freedom of expression, equality, and opportunity for all--are not quite the same as they used to be.

Anyway, I hope it goes well enough tomorrow.

I'm doing a pathetic job putting up anything of substance on the blog. Hopefully, things will slow down a bit and my posts will get a little less lame.


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