BEIRUT: For the fourth year in a row, the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies was honored at the University of North Carolina for both their literary work and artwork that touches on the experiences of Lebanese diaspora around the world.
Launched in 2010 in North Carolina, the research center aims to promote and instill Lebanese tradition and culture among expats around the world.
Today, the Moise A. Khayrallah Center sponsors new opportunities and scholarships on the Lebanese historical migrations and contemporary social, political, and economic dimensions in addition to their annual award ceremonies.
On Monday, June 17, the Sursock Museum hosted the center's award ceremony attended by the Consul of Lebanon in North Carolina.
Among the honored was late director George Nasr who won the Movie of The Year award for his production “Where to?”, that touches upon the hardships expatriates and their families face in their homelands.
The film also talks about the difficulty of living in a country that promises no hope of a better tomorrow.
“Where to”, depicts a Lebanese family whose father decided to flee to Brazil and the aftermath his decision had on his son’s decision to flow his father’s footsteps that only led to disappointment and failure.
Late writer Emily Nasrallah won the Honor Award for her autobiography book, “The Place”. Nasrallah talks about the feeling of longing and nostalgia that only homeland cures.
In her book, she mentions a small village in the mountains of Lebanon and about a woman that held on to her family and surroundings, aware of the choice every expat has.
Writers Shareef Majdalani and George Jiha were as well honored, receiving the Khairallah Award for Diaspora Studies. Majdalani for his brilliant novel “Moving the place”, and Jiha for his book “Lebanese Blond”. In addition to David Joseph for his theatrical work in “Deceptive Threads”.
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