IMPACT

Supply and demand, America’s opioid crisis 

America’s longest war, the war on drugs, has been lost. The opioid epidemic for years has shifted the lives of countless individuals and has continued to worsen during the COVID-19 pandemic, hitting a record high of overdoses.

Act for Afghanistan

The tragic events unfolding in Afghanistan are disheartening to witness; now is the time to act and support the Afghan people. The refugee crisis is quickly growing as the security situation in Afghanistan deteriorates each and every day. There is tremendous uncertainty as to what the future holds for the people of Afghanistan; here’s what you can do to help.

Homesickness in the post pandemic era

Menna Soliman is an Egyptian filmmaker and a current student at Northwestern University in Qatar. She has won an award for best photography during Northwestern’s Summer Program in 2016. She has worked as Teacher Assistant for Professor Rana Kazkaz at Northwestern. She has developed two scripts which are Black Dog and Prisoner M9. Prisoner M9 isin the process of development. Prisoner M9 was recently nominated for Media and Research Award for a best creative piece. She worked in two studio 20Q films, as a Production Assistant in Woh Ghungroo Wali Larkiand as a pre-production Assistant in Ibn-Ballad. She is currently working as an intern writer at the Buttonwood Tree. She lives in Qatar with her parents and sister.

African Pride, A Video Assemblage

Hatim Rachdi and Matthew Blaise collaborated on a video assemblage from African queer voices and assembled them into a four-chapter collection.

Resist to exist: resources for taking a stand for Palestine

In solidarity with Palestine for the fight for liberation, we have compiled several resources from several trusted institutions so that you can be informed on issues affecting Palestinians and educate and organize within your community to support Palestinian rights. The fight for Palestine is interconnected with the fight against militarized policing, settler colonialism, and ethnic cleansing. As a global media platform, it is our responsibility to elevate and amplify the voice of the voiceless. If you have any suggestions for any additional resources, please contact us at 2020visiondigital@gmail.com

A Muslim Woman’s Diary

My name is Sumaya Amiri. I’m a 24-years old dental student with Afghan roots raised in Denmark.

it’s okay to not be okay; digital mental health toolkits

 It’s okay not to be okay. As we surpass the one-year marker for the beginning of the pandemic, it might feel that the tunnel of the pandemic seems eternal. Or that the economic hardships and global political unrest will continue to weigh over our shoulders continuously. Or it could be that you don’t understand why you’re feeling the way you are feeling. Whatever the trials and tribulations you may be feeling, it’s important to know that you are not alone and that it is okay not to be okay. 

Commencement

Ahlaam Delange is an aspiring director, screenwriter, and animator connecting to their truth by contemplating the human experience and exploring empathy, adventure, discovery, and love in film and writing. In this feature, they share their video essay, Commencement and month-long storyboard.

Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.

Mohamed Eltayeb remembers and reflects on Kobe Bryant’s legacy a year after his untimely and tragic death in a raw, emotional written tribute.

Your Vote Matters

The clock is ticking, with less than 30 days to the 2020 presidential election, your vote matters more than ever. This year has been everything but normal, and so has this year’s US election. It can be confusing understanding the voting process with headlines of voter fraud and the fact that we are voting in a pandemic. Yet, here are simple steps to better understand the voting process, so you can answer the questions of your friends and family.

X-RAY

Moyana Olivia is a singer/songwriter from Minnesota who began recording original music at just fifteen.

The Unknown Devastation: Yemen

For the past five years, Yemen has been suffering through war, famine, and disease. A group of 6 high school students set out to raise awareness and money for the suffering families, starving children, and lost homes.

Fact or Fiction? How to Spot Fake News!

With a US president who has made more than 20,000 false claims, it can be challenging to navigate fact from fiction. Thus, we have some quick advice on how to spot fake news, so you can stop yourself, your parents, friends, and coworkers from spreading it.

BLACK LIVES MATTER TODAY, TOMORROW, FOREVER

Throughout the last few months, alongside denunciation of police brutality and racism, we’ve seen donation links, online petitions, tips for protesters, and mental health resources increase and spread over several social media platforms.

Sudan remembers George Floyd

“I hate how the whole world judges our skin. I don’t really get why they think of us less, Floyd didn’t deserve to get tortured.” Omnia hopes and prays George Floyd’s family gets the justice he deserves and believes that his killing can shed light on the injustices happening around the world.

The Evil Hand

Amanda shares her collage, “The Evil Hand.” Although she isn’t an artist yet, she uses her skills to create pieces that many can relate to or become more informed. This particular collage reflects the experiences black people have been put through.

We Won’t Forgive, We Won’t Forget (Al Qiyada Massacre)

Directed and created by Tasnim Mutwakil. This video looks back at the massacre that took place at the military headquarters in Khartoum, Sudan, on June 3rd, 2019. This video is intended to serve as a reminder of how far the revolution has come and to consequentially commit us to the road ahead.

America’s Outrage

Demonstrations against racism and police brutality have taken over in 140 cities across the United States. From the nation’s captial to the coast in California. Police arrested about 4,100 people in U.S. cities over the weekend, according to the Associated Press, and several people have died nationwide in the protests.

Denver’s Rally

Mohieldin is a professional photographer who decided to use his skills to showcase the protests going on in the city of Denver. He attended one of the peaceful protests on the first night they were staged.