Name: Yousef Assabahi
Recipient Year: 2017
Bio: Yousef Assabahi is a film student pursuing directing at the School of Theater, Film, and Television, UCLA. Yousef seeks to understand the human’s relationship with themselves, home, exile, and with others through storytelling. Most importantly, he strives to tell stories that explore the lives of Muslim individuals, stories that do not merely break stereotypes, but transcends the cultural chains. Yousef is also a social activist. He served as a vice president for the American Association of Yemeni Students and Professionals(AAYSP) for two years. He was the Youth Representative and Facilitator at the International Education And Resources Network(iEARN) for three years, as he attended the Network’s annual conferences in Qatar, and Argentina. In Yemen, Yousef was an activist in the Yemeni Revolution during the Arab Spring. He wrote for news, and organized protests and riots. Yousef desires—through storytelling—to bridge the American-Middle Eastern relations in order to bring stability to that region.
School Name: School of Theater, Film, and Television, UCLA
Sponsor: Ghulam and Arifa Azad Family Scholarship
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