Belongings is a podcast that explores concepts of home, belonging, collective memory, loss, and displacement. Discussions revolve around questions like: How do we find belonging? What is home to us now? What makes a community? How to rebuild the sense of home after displacement? Is home where we are from or where we are going to or something in between? Each episode includes an intimate conversation with a special guest as well as a lived experience account from a Syrian refugee.
Documenting the Human Spirit: Orlando von Einsiedel on Filmmaking, Conflict, and Belonging
In this season finale of Belongings, embark on an emotional voyage with Orlando von Einsiedel, an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker whose work in capturing the raw human experience in war-torn regions has reshaped our understanding of home and belonging. Through intimate conversation, Orlando opens up about the deep emotional bonds that he forms with his subjects; bonds that often challenge his own perceptions of safety, love, and the essence of home. His powerful anecdotes and personal reflections offer a unique window into the lives of those affected by conflict, as seen in his poignant films like The White Helmets and The Walk, reminding us that home is not just a place, but a sanctuary built on cherished relationships.
In an evocative exploration of storytelling and human connection, we delve into Orlando's latest venture—a film chronicling the journey of Little Amal and the heartrending portrayal by Asil, a young Syrian refugee who brings the character to life. Asil joins our dialogue, sharing her dreams and experiences, which radiate the hope and determination of countless refugee children. This episode is not just a celebration of Orlando's cinematic artistry; it's a tribute to the indefatigable spirit of those seeking a place to call home. As we close off this season, we thank you and hope you find these conversations meaningful. See you in season three.
Syrian Refugee Support: Journey into Understanding
Join us for an emotional clip of resilience, empowerment, and humanity as we traverse through stories of Syrian refugees, with special guest Rose McCal, Karam Foundation’s Director of Philanthropy. Full episode to be released soon. To support Syrian refugees, visit KaramFoundation.org
Triumph Over Tremors: A Post Earthquake Story
When the earth literally shakes beneath your feet, your sense of home and belonging can be deeply affected. Assalah, a Syrian refugee and valued member of the Karam House team, knows this reality all too well. She recounts the tremors of the February earthquakes that left her homeless, painting a vivid picture of a life upended and yet resilient, fueled by her unwavering sense of belonging. An exemplary figure, Assalah shares not just her tales of survival, but also her invaluable work at Karam House.
This episode also takes you through the aftermath of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, offering an inside look at how natural disasters can shape our sense of belonging. Assalah's stories of resilience, the challenges faced by the community in Hatay, and the commendable efforts of the Karam House team to organize pop-up activities and support their community, create a mosaic of trials and triumphs. Join us for the journey, as we traverse territories of hope, belonging, and resilience.
REPUBLISHED: Belonging, Activism, and the Struggle for Liberation: A Conversation with Lara Elborno and Lama
In light of recent events, we republish our episode with Lara Elborno, an international lawyer and creator of the Palestine Pod. Together, Lina and Lara discuss the complexities of activism, the concept of belonging, and the struggle for Palestine liberation. Then, from Karam House Istanbul, team member Lama recalls her Damascus memories and how connecting with the community makes her feel like she belongs.
Exploring Cultural Identity with Omar Offendum and Maram: A Journey Through Little Syria and Beyond
Get ready to step into the captivating mind of Syrian-American rapper and spoken word artist Omar Offendum. From the intersections of hip-hop and Arabic poetry to his architectural influences, Omar’s unique perspective and storytelling invite you on an inspiring journey through culture, identity, and history. The second part of our episode introduces us to a story of courage and resilience. Meet Maram, a 17-year-old Syrian refugee living in Istanbul whose love for music and indomitable spirit shine through her harrowing experiences. Omar’s profound insights on identity and belonging, coupled with Maram’s inspiring journey serve as a testament to the power of hope and resilience. Join us on this enlightening listen as we navigate culture, creativity, and courage.
Understanding Belonging through Design and Displacement: A Conversation with Abeer Seikaly and Yousef Yousef
Brace yourself for a journey of exploration into the realms of belonging, home, and identity with Lina's dear friend Abeer Seikaly, a brilliant figure known for her innovative work in architecture, design, and cultural production. This episode is a trove of insights as they discuss Abeer's extraordinary journey with the Bedouin communities in Jordan, her unique approach to design, her passion for restoring the intimacy of hand-making, and her deep-rooted connection to her Jordanian heritage. Lina also engages in a heart-to-heart with Yousef, a Karam House Mentor and Karam Scholars graduate, whose personal narratives of seeking home from Aleppo to Istanbul and then the UK are both inspiring and thought-provoking. Yousef's tale is not just one of displacement; it's a story of resilience, hope, and the relentless pursuit of education and self-improvement. This episode is a must-listen, filled with tales of home, belonging, and identity that will leave you profoundly moved and inspired to explore your notions of home and belonging.