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Dialogue at Muslims in America event
Dialogue at Muslims in America event Photo: Ralph Medley / AFSC

"Hawo's Dinner Party: The New Face of Southern Hospitality" is a video module designed to support dialogue, bridge-building, and cultural exchange in communities that receive immigrants and refugees from Muslim-majority countries. 

Directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder and executive produced by BeCause Foundation in association with Active Voice, the module follows the trajectory of Hawo Siyad, a refugee and former nurse from Somalia, who has come to work at the nearby Tyson Foods chicken processing plant. Dressed in colorful hijab even on the assembly line, Hawo is determined to learn English and to connect with her neighbors. But as news of "home grown terrorism" appears in the national media and as Hawo tries to reach out, we get an intimate glimpse into the honest—and often uncomfortable—encounters that emerge.

You can learn more about "Hawo's Dinner Party" and the Shelbyville Multimedia Project at Active Voice would really like to know if you have offered an event; you can send that information to Lucy Duncan at lduncan (at) and we will pass it along.

You can watch the full 31 minute video module here.

Ways to use this film

  1. Watch the film as a meeting or church and discuss it.
  2. Reach out to a local mosque or Islamic center and invite them to co-host an event with you focused on the film and dialogue afterward. That event could involve desserts or dinner or be a simple film screening. 


The resources below include the full event planning toolkit and facilitation guide developed by Active Voice, as well as resources from AFSC programs that have successfully conducted events, sometimes in partnership with Quaker meetings or churches.

The interfaith dialogue discussion questions were adapted from the recipe and discussion guide. The texts on the shared value of welcoming the stranger were prepared by FaithAction International.

Listen to Lucy Duncan on what meetings and churches can do to combat Islamophobia (2:14)

Best practices for hosting a Hawo's Dinner Party event
Involve Muslim partners from the beginning Continue trying via multiple avenues, organizations,...
"Hawo's Dinner Party" event planning toolkit and facilitation guide

Download the event planning toolkit and facilitation guide developed by Active Voice.

Interfaith dialogue discussion questions
Discussion questions to download, print, and handout at your Hawo's Dinner Party event. While...
Texts on the shared value of welcoming the stranger
Sacred texts from many faiths state the shraed value of welcoming the stranger. Baha’i...