12′ Refugee Puppet Sparks ICD

Applied ICDAlex Marshall, Carlotta Gall and Elisabetta Povoledo. (2021, November 10). Four months, 5,000 miles: A refugee puppet looks for home. New York Times.

Throughout the trek, the 12-foot-tall puppet — which required up to four people to control — would make over 140 stops in eight countries, at venues ranging from refugee camps to the Royal Opera House in London. Those would include theatrical spectacles, including a final event in Manchester, England, as well as spontaneous encounters, with Amal (whose name means hope in Arabic) simply walking through a city or village and seeing what happens.

Little Amal represents a 9-year-old Syrian girl separated from her family, searching for her mother from Turkey to England. The goal is for her plight, representing that of refugee children more generally, to spark conversations. The map of her walk, and further information about the project’s goals and outcomes, is available here. A TED talk by the artistic director, Amir Nizar Zuabi, is available here.

Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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