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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Nusrat Durrani

My Country is Burning Within Me / An American Prayer

Friday, October 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm

Nusrat Durrani

Nusrat Durrani is a pioneering media executive and award-winning creative renowned for cutting-edge work in television, film, digital and social media. For two decades, Nusrat kept MTV at the forefront of the cultural conversation by boldly tackling themes related to pop culture, race, color, gender, sexual identity, and representation in programming he produced in provocative new formats. Nusrat’s ground-breaking documentary series Rebel Music, about young activists around the world fighting oppression, won accolades with the Obama White House and predated the current Black Lives Matter movement. Madly, his electrifying omnibus of unusual love stories by leading directors, won a best actress award at the Tribeca Film Festival. His latest work in film and photography explores the loss, disconnection, challenges and pleasures experienced by small town folks around the world and in the American heartland.

This Penny Stamps Speaker Series event includes a screening of Durrani’s newest film, An American Prayer. Commissioned by the Penny Stamps Series, the film chronicles the magic, loss, and reincarnation of the American Dream told through the stories and incantations of its citizens.

This event is part of the Democracy & Debate theme semester.

How to Watch

All speaker series events will be webcast on Fridays at 8 pm EST on the main Penny Stamps Series page and at starting Friday, September 18. You can also watch the talks and join the conversation on the Penny Stamps Series Facebook page.

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