ASSYRIANS IN MOTION
A 1937 FILM OF ASSYRIANS IN AMERICA
Welcome to Assyrians in Motion, an exhibit centered on a recently rediscovered 1937 archival film documenting Assyrian American communities in Chicago and on the East Coast. The exhibit pieces together the story of the film's inception and journey, who the filmmaker was, and shares ongoing research into the people and places depicted, based primarily on the memories of elder Assyrians watching the film.
Our intention for this exhibit is that it will be a living document, a repository to which all Assyrians can contribute, a place to reminisce, tell stories, recognize and identify places, people, and traditions, to see ourselves and our ancestors.
You will find shorter sections that have been newly edited into one continuous segment of a specific place. The identifications of people and places are contained on these pages in a series of stills from the film.
You can follow along using the timestamps under each still image. Over time, we will add more sections of all locations with identifications. Eventually we will include video and audio clips from interviews and other documentation.
Do you have something to add to the narrative? An identification, a story? Do you recognize a face or the piece of music being played in this silent film? Do you have a photograph or a piece of audio related to the films? Has someone been misidentified? If so, please send your contribution, story or question.