Doris Duke Foundation funds Loyalty: Stories

Kartemquin is thrilled to share that Loyalty: Stories is a recipient of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts' Building Bridges 2017-18 Grant. A ten-part series of shorts directed and produced by David Washburn, Loyalty: Stories is a national storytelling project about American Muslim veterans that explores themes of citizenship, identity and faith in the post-9/11 era. The grant will provide $65,000 towards post-production and distribution of the series, which will premiere in time for Veterans Day 2018.

Loyalty: Stories will profile a diverse group of men and women – immigrants, converts, and American-born Muslims – who gave an oath to protect the United States and uphold the Constitution, and will precede the release of Washburn's feature-length documentary on the same topic, Loyalty, also currently in development with Kartemquin.

With more than $2.3 million in new funding through the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts’ Building Bridges 2017-18 Grants Program, 15 U.S.-based grantees will soon launch projects to cultivate stronger relationships among Muslims and their non-Muslim neighbors through revelatory experiences. Harnessing a wide range of media, including theater, spoken word, literature, documentary film and radio, the grantees will develop pop-up and long-term cultural programming in their communities across the U.S. The grantees, which range from arts and media institutions to higher education and social service organizations, span many approaches and locations across the country but are all united in the goal of increasing harmony and connections for mutual well-being.

“When our trust and connections to one another break down, we are all the poorer for it,” said Zeyba Rahman, senior program officer for the Building Bridges Program. “One of the most tested and reliable ways in which we can ignite cross-community understanding and dissipate fear is through storytelling. It can serve as the glue that binds us together by providing direct entry into one another’s inner worlds and become the basis for lasting relationships. We are honored to support these 15 new projects, which creatively reimagine ways to promote social cohesion in our communities while celebrating the cultural contributions of Muslims to our American identity.”

About Loyalty: Stories
Loyalty: Stories is a national storytelling project about American Muslim veterans that explores themes of citizenship, identity and faith in the post-9/11 era. Through ten documentary-style short films, Loyalty: Stories profiles a diverse group of men and women – immigrants, converts, and American-born Muslims – who gave an oath to protect the United States and uphold the Constitution. This project will positively impact the public’s understanding of American Muslims by (1) showing the diversity of the military community, (2) illustrating examples of interfaith cooperation both inside and outside of the armed forces, and (3) promoting stories that highlight Muslims’ contributions to national defense in contrast to isolated incidents of domestic terrorism.

About the Building Bridges Program
The Building Bridges Program is the grant-making arm of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA), which is an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). Based in New York, the program supports national efforts to advance relationships and increase understanding between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. For more information, please visit www.ddcf.org/what-we-fund/building-bridges.

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. For more information, please visit www.ddcf.org.