Images Of The Motherland Interactive Theater

Rating: 4.81 stars   52 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 7812 Michener Avenue Philadelphia PA 19150 USA

Mission: The Mission of IMIT is to educate and expand public awareness and appreciation of West and North African Traditions through authentic presentations of drama, art, music, dance , and storytelling.
Results: We have been fortunate to reach a total diversified audience of approximately 3000 with an aggregate total of 3 productions and 23 performances presented in 2012-2013. "The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid" has over 50 performances presented since 2009. We have also dramatically improved our outreach efforts by receiving “2012 Arts & Culture Awards” , “2012 Top Rated Non Profit Awards” and “2012 Great Non Profits Top-Rated Awards” from Great Non Profits. Additionally our current rating with Guidestar is”Guidestar Exchange Bronze Participant”. We have received a considerable number of reviews from laymen and professionals attesting to the quality and impact of our productions. Your lives, and the lives of your children and grandchildren will be forever touched by these truly excellent presentations. This is what our audiences say about “The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid”. “Timbuktu African Artifacts Exhibit”, “Living History Heritage Project”, “Emancipation Proclamation Jubilees Celebration”, and “Mambugur & Tales of the Dogon”. “I think that the program was captivating! We need more productions for our children, families, and the community! I love this production!” Kim P. Ward “The program is very informative with knowledge and information that can be passed on to the next generation, to help them rise above their circumstances!” Cleo Young “Excellent lectures! Excellent dramatic presentations! Actors were wonderful! Enjoyed the presentation on the life of “Sojourner Truth. Fantastic!” Joan Harris “It was a wonderful program and deserves to be performed all over!” Leah Clouden “This was a really great show! It was very informative and very realistic! It helped me to understand the horrors of slavery! Very historical!” Derek Washington "I have been teaching my students about the Civil Rights Movement during Social Studies. My students were very impressed with "The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid". It helped them to understand more about what I am trying to teach them. When we returned to school, my Supervisor came in and the students couldn't stop talking about it. I was amazed at how much information they took with them and really appreciate it." Christine Stickney-Belmont Charter School-5th Grade Learning Support Teacher "We very much enjoyed and recommend "The Life & Times of Omar ibn Sayyid". Our Middle School students were moved by the dramatic portrayal of this little known historical figure. This presentation is very much in keeping with our mission as a Friends School, and nicely fit with this years theme of "integrity". Judy Smith-Newtown Friends School-Head of Upper School "The silence in the auditorium shouted words that only the sould could speak. The crowd was captured by an astounding performance about the sojourns of an enslaved man who refused to let the conditions at hand, defer the freedom of his heart." Mel Leaman-Associate Professor of Religion-Lincoln University
Target demographics: General Public/UnspecifiedEthnic/Racial Minorities -- GeneralBlacksFamilies
Geographic areas served: Based in Philadelphia, PA with touring throughout the United States.
Programs: Program 1. LHHP-"The Living History Heritage Project" 2 Week Philadelphia, PA Tour Venue: African American History Museum $20 Total Program 2. LHHP US Tour-Philadelphia-PA, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Charlotte-NC, Los Angeles-CA $50,000 Total Program 3. Docu-Film: "The Last Africans" $100,000 Total Program 4. 12 FREE Interactive Public Performances Series-"Mambugur (Grandfather) & Tales of the Dogon", and "Songhai-Music/Dance Medley". $6,000 Total "Songhai Music/Dance Medley" IMIT performs "Songhai-Music/Dance Medley", extracted from our "Songhai" An Anti-Gun/Anti- Violence Dramatic Production. This is a historical dramatic work that focuses on themes such as deploring the use of violence and guns to exploit others, how greed destroys peoples lives, and how ultimately tragic historical events will repeat themselves if we fail to learn the lessons of the past. ". "Songhai Music/Dance Medley" is approximately 1 hour. Mambugur (Grandfather) & Tales of the Dogon" This is a wonderful journey of tales, epics, songs, and dances that takes the young imagination of audiences back to the "land of the Dogon" in Mali West Africa. "Mambugur" (Grandfather) is accompanied by his village friends and fellow musicians, Malika , Jomo, and Mariam as they search for the"wiley" character, "Babu"! "Hey! Have you seen Babu? I've been searching for him everywhere?" "Mambugur" (Grandfather) actively engages the audience children in an interactive search, telling Ancient African creation stories, singing songs in "unwritten languages", playing music, and enlisting the aid of his wonderful African Marionette friends known as "Dogo", "Bozo","Yasama" and "Yadjugulu". You've never seen African Marionettes like these before! They're almost human! Everyone in the audience will need "plenty, plenty" if they don't find "Babu", because excitement becomes unbridled as the great Female Dogon Chakaba (Stilt Walker) is coming along with the four-legged "beast of the harvest, known as "Tyi-Wara"! "Mambugur & Tales of the Dogon" is performed before an authentic appearing Dogon village set/props, by 4 talented performers. The total running time for "Mambugur & Tales of the Dogon" is approximately 1 hour.
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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm hoping to see full-funding & support for this revealing, engaging, enjoyable, interactive cultural learning experience - w/ actors & audience. Great venue, set designs & supplementary educational books & materials.

 
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THE LIFE & TIMES OF OMAR IBN SAYYID IS AN EXCELLENT THEATRICAL DEPICTION - A MUST SEE FOR ALL!

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GREAT AS IS

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The programs associated with Images of the Motherland were extraordinarily dramatic and informative.
I learned a lot and as a professional with expertise in the field i was very impressed. KUDOS!

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the programs were perfect

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Images of the Motherland Interactive Theater is exactly what the African American Community in particular, and the nation in general needs. Images of the Motherland Interactive Theater is educational, entertaining and significant. The productions are highly professional and produced with great care to detail. The productions reach persons of all ages, educational and racial backgrounds. Every community should be blessed to have such a wonderful theater experience to take advantage of.

Pastor, Nathaniel J. Gadsden
Imani African Christian Church
Harrisburg, PA

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Rating: 4 stars  

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Many thanks to you and your wife for your presentation and display! Given the uncertainty of audiences for programs that do not require an RSVP, I was pleased with the number of people we were able to get – almost of all of whom stayed for the entire presentation. I appreciate the ways that you connect with the audience by stepping off stage and moving into their space, as well as the playful non-verbal banter you had with the children in the audience. Your physical presence – throwing your whole body into everything that you do, especially when no words were spoken - also lent much to the performance! And as an educator, I appreciated your use of repetition to help certain facts and words stick in people’s minds. Finally - particularly given the political climate in which we live, and what can appear to be the erasure of Islam and Muslims in early black American experiences - I am so pleased that this performance introduces audiences to a real figure who was intelligent, accomplished, a sympathetic figure, and Muslim.

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IMAGES OF THE MOTHERLAND is an "OUTSTANDING" interactive production company. From the costumes, singing, dancing, musicianship, and acting, all are on equal ground when it comes to perfection!

Everyone should see this show. It's storytelling at it's best.

ZUHAIRAH MCGILL
FOUNDER/ PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
FIRST WORLD THEATRE ENSEMBLE

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I was honored that Brother Kenya asked me to write the Lesson Plans for the Lives of Omar Sayyid, & Prince Ibrahim. I learned so much about these gentlemen, & as a muslim myself I did not know that some slaves retained their faith. I think that Brother Ahmed does such an outstanding job portraying Brother Sayyid. That becomes Omar, not just an actor portraying. I encourage everyone to see this production.It is truly a learning experience

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I am thrilled to have experienced your enactment of “The Life and Times of Omar Ibn Sayyid”. Much more than an oral account or a background narrative this was truly an “experience” that carried your audience to a time, place, circumstance and frame of mind in the second and sometimes first person, making this a deeply vivid and affective journey for the audience. What I also found impressive and facilitating from an educational standpoint was your success in interjecting a running geographical and chronological context to make the presentation most informative, while providing this information unobtrusively. As a professional teacher with an abiding respect for the authentic historical account, and a state department of education mandate to incorporate a pertinent cultural/historical framework into instruction I would recommend this presentation to any seriously interested social, cultural or educational body or institution.
Sincerely,
Haazim Muneer
Science Teacher
Trenton Central High School

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I have proudly known, worked, and associated with Images of the Motherland for almost ten years. As a professional actor, writer, director, I have experienced first-hand all of the long hours and hard work founder and artistic director Ahmed Kenya had put into his productions. The company had produced many original plays such as "Tales of The Dogon", "Songhai", "The Life and Tiimes of Omar ibn Sayiid", and others. The productions are rich with history and education for all cultural backgrounds. Kenya is meticulous with authenticity of costumes, instruments, paintings, down to every detail. The overall theme of all Images of the Motherland is education and authenticity. You would have to see it to be me amazed.

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Kenya spares no details about authenticity of costumes, instruments, and culture. You would walk away with an education on some aspect of African history.

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Fund them to see how much more creative this organization can get.

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Authenticity, meticulous to historical details, performance driven.

 
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The Executive Director of this wonderful organization leaves no stone unturned, when it comes to presenting an educational, and diverse production. This organization's tireless efforts to educate the community about diversity is impressive, and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts, and accomplishments.

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