The Unfold Your Own Myth Project is a serial workshop model in self-expression and community reorientation that uses as its catalyst "Lamya’s Poem" (a feature-length animated film aimed at teens and young adults about a Syrian refugee girl who is given a book of poetry by the 13th Century Poet, Rumi, that becomes a magical gateway to meet the young Rumi when he was a boy fleeing the violence of his time and helps him to write the poem that 800 years later saves her life. Unfold Your Own Myth uses the film as a vehicle to leverage the power of story in overcoming trauma and loss among marginalized youth in three struggling communities in America — refugee, immigrant and Muslim.
Requirements for Hosting the Workshops
Here are items to consider when determining whether the Unfold workshop is a good fit for your community:
Facilitators may be teachers, community organizers, leaders of after-school or weekend programs, scouting troops, and religious schools, among others.
A Facilitator for The Unfold Your Own Myth workshop plays a crucial role into the success and execution of the program. No need to feel intimidated, one doesn’t need to be an expert poet or writer! More importantly is to be able to create a safe and inviting space for participants to feel comfortable enough expressing themselves on such vulnerable topics.
Some attributes a facilitator should have is to be a good listener, be timely, and culturally sensitive. It would be ideal if the facilitator is someone that already works with the audience of the workshop. This can be a youth coordinator, mentor, teacher, dedicated volunteer or the like.
Facilitators Will Receive
Resources UPF Will Provide
Feel free to discuss further needs or ask questions by reaching out to the workshop coordinator using our contact form.
The advisors to Unfold Your Own Myth includes Persian and Islamic history scholars, Arab and Syrian community leaders, Rumi scholars, curriculum developers, neuroscientists and creative writing, storytelling and animation specialists who have either contributed to the making of the film or the development of "Unfold Your Own Myth" or both. They include:
Community and thought leaders who have lent their support to the project include: