For this week’s assignment, please watch the 2016 documentary, In my Mother’s House. (I recommend that you watch the documentary during scheduled class time). This documentary presents the longue durée of Euro-Atlantic, and African societies and histories, from unique points of view, indirectly, in the light of particular events and encounters of a large diasporic American-Eritrean-Italian family.
Here is the link to the film: https://ucsb.kanopy.com/video/my-mothers-house
1. What did you learn this week about the developments of the Muslim Diaspora since the 1970s ( Please refer to reading Schumann)? How does the film add to the conversation on Muslim diasporas?
2. . Islam is the faith of half of Eritrea’s population. Arabic is also a predominant language in Eritrea. How does the film complicate a very skewed US perception of Muslim and Arab diasporas?
3. How are themes of return, ancestry and pilgrimage, important themes in diasporic narratives, evoked in this film?
4. What questions do you have after watching this film?