I was commissioned by Detroit Public Television to direct and produce two segments for their new broadcast series Arab American Stories. The series is being broadcast nationally on various Public Television stations.
I interview café owner Frederique Boudouani who is bringing Algerian food and culture to Elkader, Iowa, the only town in American named after an Algerian Muslim war hero. I also interview Imam Taha Tawil who runs the oldest mosque in America in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Imam Taha is a friend and we go way back since he used to tutor me in Arabic when I was younger and lived in Iowa.
Pictured below is Dinesh Das Sabu who was the cinematographer and Usama with Imam Taha at the Mother Mosque.
My Episodes are 2 and 7. Watch them here: http://www.arabamericanstories.org/the-stories/