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Hyphenated Journey

Hyphenated Journey

Author: Hakawati | حكواتي

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In this miniseries, Yasmeen shares her honest and open reflection about growing up as an Iraqi-American, a “hyphenated American”. This is not a story about politics, or war. Instead, this is a story about what it was like to grow up as a child of immigrants who fled a country due to political instability.

While this miniseries is focused on her story, she also interviews Iraqis who lived through the Gulf Wars in Iraq and later immigrated to the United States. Many Iraqis are still deeply traumatized from living under a dictatorship, and many are paranoid about publicly sharing their narratives with the world as they’ve been punished for doing so for so many years.

Yasmeen takes us on a journey of her inner inquiry and a reconciliation with her inner child, as she questions her place in the greater narrative of what it is to be a hyphenated American.

Hyphenated Journey is a Hakawati production.
Written, narrated and directed by Yasmeen Turayhi.
Sound design by Karim Beidoun.
Cover design by Aya Mobaydeen and inspired by Sue Turayhi.
Creatives by Gina Abou Hamad.

Special thanks goes to Sinan Al-Mokhtar and Hamada Zahawi for their courage in sharing their stories.
12 Episodes
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My Fantasy World

My Fantasy World

2022-02-2301:39

Yasmeen learns how to create a dual reality to cope with the discomfort of feeling misunderstood as a child of Iraqi immigrants.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Prologue

Prologue

2022-02-2304:24

This is not a story about politics, or war. Instead, this is a story about what it was like to grow up as a child of immigrants who fled a country due to political instability.   Yasmeen brings in a selection of voices from the Iraqi diaspora to help even out the global narrative: from Iraqis who experienced the war first hand, to other hyphenated Iraqi Americans who experienced it from afar. She talks openly about her own experience of growing up as a first generation Iraqi-American during the 1st and 2nd gulf wars, and how much these wars shaped her experience during her formative years.    Many Iraqis are still deeply traumatized from living in the war, and many are paranoid about publicly sharing their narratives with the world, so we ask that you treat their stories kindly.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Dark Ocean

The Dark Ocean

2022-02-2302:47

Yasmeen relives her recurring nightmare and what it feels like to push against the current of her inner and outer world.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Resilience

Resilience

2022-02-2301:44

Never let another person’s opinion of you change the way you see yourself.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There are moments in our lives that can change the way we see the world in an instant. In this episode, Yasmeen re-lives her experience of the day everything in her life changed in a Chicago suburb at the age of 8, on the day the first gulf war began in 1991.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Roxanne

Roxanne

2022-02-2305:44

What’s in a name? Can a name change your life trajectory?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Fear or Love

Fear or Love

2022-02-2302:55

Have we done everything we could to avoid war? Everything? Is there another possibility that could exist without the need to go to war?See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Searching for a hero

Searching for a hero

2022-02-2307:29

Yasmeen starts off with a poem that she wrote that was inspired by the film she wrote and co-produced “A Star in the Desert” which follows the life of a young Iraqi boy in Baghdad on the eve of the first Gulf War, as he escapes into a fantastical reality on the search for his missing father.    For more information about the film, you can watch it here: https://www.astarinthedesert.com/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Bird

The Bird

2022-02-2300:42

The Bird sang to himself and lamented about his cage.  He sang so loud his voice startled the wind.  And threw him so far outside his comfort zone  That he had no choice but to fly It was only then that he realized he was not a caged bird after all. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Great Silence

The Great Silence

2022-02-2311:54

Yasmeen relives her journey in choosing a road to love and processing emotions and releasing them as a means of survival. We hear from Hamada Zahawi, an Iraqi-American and international lawyer and educator, and analyst,  and again from Sinan Al-Mokhtar, an Iraqi-American medical professional who shares his reflections on growing up in Iraq and assimilating in the United States. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Coming Home

Coming Home

2022-02-2303:03

Yasmeen returns back to her younger self, this time with a new perspective. Can we change our past to change our future? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sinan's Journey

Sinan's Journey

2022-02-2326:59

Yasmeen speaks with Sinan Al Mokhtar, who was born and raised in Iraq, and came of age in Iraq during the first gulf war. He shares what he and his family had to endure, including the bombing of the hospital that his mother gave birth in to his twin siblings. He later immigrated to the United States, and talks to us about his experience of becoming a hyphenated American. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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