Kartemquin, Traces of Home Awarded Grant from DDFIA

Kartemquin is excited to announce that Kartemquin has been awarded with a grant of $115,000 to support Colette Ghunim’s documentary, Traces of Home, which will focus on the journeys the filmmaker takes with her parents to find the ancestral homes they were forced to flee in Mexico and Palestine. The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA) announced that 22 organizations are receiving more than $4 million through the Building Bridges 2020 Grants Program, which supports projects that engage U.S.-based Muslims and their neighbors in online and/or live arts- and media- based experiences designed to advance relationships and understanding for mutual well-being. This year’s grants program is awarding approximately $1.6 million more than initially intended in response to both an impressive number of competitive proposals and to meet the moment of opportunity to strengthen equity and inclusiveness in our communities.

“We recognize this as a transformative period to advance enduring change for a more equitable and inclusive society,” said Zeyba Rahman, senior program officer of the DDFIA’s Building Bridges Program. “To bolster our contribution to this movement, we are excited to up our support for projects actively committed to advancing these goals. It is fitting that we announce this new cohort during Ramadan, the Muslim month of contemplation, reconnection to core moral values and action to serve the greater good. We look forward to following our grantees’ projects as they thread these values into the fabric of communities across the nation to increase connections and help them thrive.”

"I am eternally grateful for Doris Duke's support for my film, Traces of Home, which shares a deeply personal story of an immigrant family learning to heal from intergenerational trauma," said Traces of Home director Colette Ghunim. "Through this funding, I will be able to intentionally design an impact campaign for other individuals and families to do the same."

About the Building Bridges Program of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art The Building Bridges Program is the grant-making arm of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, which is an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The program supports national efforts, working with U.S. Muslims, to increase mutual understanding among diverse populations for the benefit of building stronger, more inclusive communities. The mission of DDFIA is to promote the study, understanding and appreciation of Muslim arts and cultures. For more information, please visit www.ddcf.org/what-we-
fund/building-bridges.