Minnesota Refugee Voices

If you are an immigrant or refugee in Minnesota and want to advocate for human rights at home and around the world, consider participating in Minnesota Refugee Voices, a human rights-themed documentary video workshop series.

Participants will work in small teams to write and direct a short documentary video centered around their personal stories and ideas. The workshop series will cover storyboarding, interviewing, filming, and editing. The final productions will be shown at a special screening.  

The workshop series is FREE and is limited to 10 participants. The series consists of multiple evening 3-hour workshop sessions every two weeks for six months beginning in January. Each participant will receive a stipend of $300 to defray transportation costs to and from the workshop. 

The workshops will be led by Nathan Fisher, creative director of Northern Monday Films, a non-profit documentary production company. He has an MA in Media Studies with an emphasis in documentary video production from the New School for Public Engagement. He is the director of The Unreturned (2010), an award-winning, feature-length documentary shot in Syria and Jordan. Since 2012, he has been working with members of the Twin Cities Iraqi community to produce a series of fourteen short documentaries.

To view Nathan's videos from similar projects, see below:

Dir. Zaid Alshamma
2014 | 6 min
Dir. Alice
2013 | 5 min
Dir. Adnan Shati
2015 | 7 min
Dir. Nathan Fisher w/ Adnan Shati, Dr. Azur Maluki, Ishaq Maluki  2015 | 9 min 

No previous video or arts experience necessary. For questions, contact Nathan Fisher

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.