An acclaimed new documentary, (T)error, was inspired by a coincidence. Filmmaker Lyric Cabral was a college student when she met Saeed Torres, a former black revolutionary who lived in the same building in New York City.
In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan's Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA's Carolyn Weaver has more.
Lookman Mashood immigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria in 1996, working in a restaurant as a dishwasher, cook and manager for several years. About five years ago, he and his girlfriend opened a restaurant in Brooklyn featuring Nigerian food. It's called Buka, a Hausa word meaning a simple roadside joint, with good food and no pretensions. Mashood, now a U.S. citizen, tells his story.
A project based in the Israeli cities of Nazareth and Jaffa is helping to bring together Jews and Arabs - and at the same time, offering classical music education and training to Palestinian children. Some of the project's musicians came to New York recently to perform - as VOA's Carolyn Weaver reports.