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Age: 28 Pronouns: She/her Neighborhood: Prospect Heights Most Likely to: Get the party started; Fight the Patriarchy; Have a Spontaneous Dance Party; Go Sky-diving; Have a silly-string fight Favorite Quote: “Nothing can make our lives, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness” – Leo Tolstoy As a member of the Safe Passage Project—a not-for-profit that recruits, trains, and mentor volunteer attorneys for unaccompanied minors in immigration court—Lauren provides legal representation to child refugees who are fleeing gender-based...
Three decades after arriving on the shores of the United States as a five-year-old girl escaping conflict in her native Afghanistan, Masuda Sultan reflects on what it means to be an immigrant in today’s global turmoil. Born in Kandahar, a historic city founded by Alexander the Great and now unfairly reduced to its identity as the birthplace of Taliban, and raised in Brooklyn and Queens, the 38-year-old often finds herself at the confluence of...
A Stray Directed by Musa Syeed Opens October 21 at IFP's Made in NY Media Center I really didn’t want to dislike Musa Syeed’s A Stray—a nicely lensed, under-90 minute tale about the friendship forged between a refugee and a dog—but with its consistent lack of narrative intrigue, character development, and environmental detail the film all but forced my hand. Post-“mumblecore” (shudder), little room exists in theatrical distribution for the micro-indie, and sub-par efforts like A Stray...

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