The Tennessean reports that census figures, out this week on America’s foreign-born population, “show Tennessee — and particularly Middle Tennessee — becoming an increasingly popular destination for immigrants.” “Since 1990, the state gained nearly 200,000 foreign-born residents,” writes Chris Echegaray, “an increase that moved Tennessee’s ranking from 31st to 24th for the number of immigrants [...]
Our original documentary, Next Door Neighbors: Little Kurdistan USA was recently screened as part of HCA’s Cultural Inclusion Series, an ongoing program that provides HCA employees with a forum for innovative and educational interactions that include engaging cultural and artistic presentations. NPT’s Beth Curley, Kevin Crane and Daniel Tidwell were in attendance along with documentary [...]
Meran Abdullah was living with his family in the Kurdish village of Ekmole when the chemical attacks waged by Saddam Hussein’s regime began. Mohammed Aziz was visiting his family in Halabja. Both survivors live in Nashville today and tell their stories in interviews shot exclusively for our Next Door Neighbors, Little Kurdistan website.
(NPT Press Release) New original documentary explores Nashville’s Kurdish Population NASHVILLE, Tennessee — May 19, 2008 — For the past thirty years, Kurdish immigrants in Nashville have started the first Kurdish Mosque in the United States and opened businesses, restaurants, markets and bakeries, building what is now the largest Kurdish population in North America. On [...]
By Will Pedigo Photos by Erin McInnis Nashville’s Kurds are a significant part of the Kurdish Diaspora, and for some, the community here represents the Kurdish capital of North America. Several events in the past week have kept these Nashvillians riveted to television and internet news reports (nearly everyone in Nashville’s Kurdish community has satellite [...]
By Will Pedigo On January 31st 2008, Vanderbilt University hosted a panel discussion led by trial judges from the Iraqi High Tribunal. It was a big deal for Nashville. The Iraqi High Tribunal was created by the Iraqi Governing Council in 2003 to provide justice for the atrocities committed by Saddam Hussein’s regime. It represents [...]
From Will Pedigo, producer at NPT currently working on a documentary about Nashville’s Kurdish community. This Thursday evening, January 31 from 5:30-7:00 p.m., there is a free and open to public event at the Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt University Law School — 131 21st Avenue South in Nashville — Holding the Hussein Regime Accountable for Atrocities: [...]