U.S. Students Dispel Stereotypes through Documentary Film Project

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Students in Madison, Wisconsin create a documentary about Arabic culture to share with their community  

At Madison East High School in Madison, Wisconsin, students in TCLP teacher Mahmoud Hegazy’s Arabic class have been working on an in-depth project that blends language and culture with technology. For the past few months, students have interviewed Arab-Americans in their community, people who have traveled to Arabic-speaking countries, and researched culture and customs in the Arab world. The end result will be a student-produced documentary film that strikes down stereotypes.

Students will screen their finished documentary at the school in May at an evening event funded by a Critical Language Project (CLP) alumni grant that Mr. Hegazy and his mentor teacher received from TCLP. In addition to showing the film, students will deliver informative presentations on countries where Arabic is spoken, display traditional clothing from the Arab world, and serve Egyptian food.

Madison East High School hopes that the event will increase awareness of Arabic as part of the school’s Facilitated Language Program among students and parents. Moving forward, the documentary created by current students will be used as a tool to introduce Arabic to younger students and to encourage them to consider studying less commonly taught languages.

Read more about the documentary project and Madison East High School’s Arabic program here