The 35th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival kicked off on Apr. 7, and one of the festival films includes nine shorts scored by composition students at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn.
The documentary film is titled My Dream, My Right and it's the result of the Za’atari Film Workshop, which provided camera phones and directions to Syrian teens living in the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan.
In an interview about the project from last fall, composition student Mariah Timm told the Pioneer Press, “The stuff this kid has been through, and he’s only maybe 10 years old, it’s just really tragic that something like that has happened to him and his family. But the video isn’t all heavy. It’s just some kids playing around in the sand and flying kites and getting excited about it.”
McNally composition instructor Shon Parker told the Pioneer Press, “Most of our students don’t even know what’s going on in Syria. They’re busy developing their craft. They’re insulated. So, when we first showed them a picture of the camp, you kind of saw their jaws drop.”
My Dream, My Right will be shown Sunday, Apr. 17, at 11 a.m. at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. There will be a question/answer session following the film with the directors, producers and composers. For more information, visit the MSPIFF events page.
[Complete roster of McNally Smith composers includes: Andrew Brassard, Carter Lange, Ethan Elseth, Jeffery Kornfeld, Jemma Heigis, Mariah Timm, Marko Maksimovic, Rahul Shah, Tyler Straka.]
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