I’ve admired the work of Ajam Media Collective for a few years, so it’s a great honor to have a guest post on their site this week! “Exploring Credit Card Debt The Iranian-American Immigrant Experience” is a personal essay reflecting on some of my experiences that led to the creation of Bailout.
“Many years ago I was bemoaning my credit card debt to a friend and her brilliant response was: “Having credit card debt doesn’t make you a failure, it just makes you American.” Later that day, I wrote that statement down. I sensed its importance, though I wasn’t sure why. Little did I know at the time that the statement would become the anchor for my new web series, Bailout.”
Read the full article.
I’m thrilled that my piece “Filmmaker with a baby? 4 tips from to smooth life on set and avoiding calling it quits” was recently published on Mentorless.
It reflects on things I learned shooting my web series while my daughter was 6 months old.
The piece is not just for nursing moms, but for producers and AD’s looking to make their sets more supportive and inclusive for nursing moms.
I’m excited to announce the release of a new web series called Bailout that I hope you’ll take a moment to check out and if you like it, to also donate to.
What’s it about?
Bailout is set in 2009 and follows the story of Shahlah or “Shay”, an Iranian American woman whose credit card debt presents a series of emotional and logistical challenges with her immigrant family. The first episode was released a few days ago. The second one will be released once we reach the $15k half-way fundraising mark on our Kickstarter Campaign.
How can I help?!
If you like what you see, here’s a few things you can do to help this series succeed:
Why tell this story?
I’m interested in exploring how credit cards create a blurry understanding of what it means to be “middle class” in the United States.
I’m interested in offering a wider spectrum of representation for Iranian Americans and other people often marginalized from mainstream media.
And several other good reasons you can read about here.
I hope you’ll help this project continue by donating $10, $15 or $20 today.
Excited to be a part of this panel discussion at Drexel University tomorrow evening! The event is free and open to the public.
I’m loving the new free e-cards by Strong Families for Mother’s Day this year. Here’s a peak at a few below–you can view all 45 of them here.
Mamahood is not one size fits all. All mamas deserve to be seen and honored in cards that reflect all the ways our families look.