I was born and raised in Senegal, and immigrated to the United States to continue my studies. After obtaining my Bachelor in Fine Arts with a double major in film and TV production, I worked as a freelance filmmaker in Hollywood. The experience made me a keen observer and a good documentarian, but as an activist, I just didn’t see myself in that environment as a lifetime career. Instead, I followed my passion for social justice and completed the Master’s Program at the School of International Training in Peace and Conflict Transformation/Development in Vermont. This, combined with my experience managing a multicultural youth program with the Guediawaye Theatre in Senegal for five years and my work in filmmaking, has made me a person who is dedicated to peace and conflict resolution. I’ve seen firsthand how interfaith dialogue can promote peace-building, prevent threats and reduce violence in any faith-based community.
Why I want peace:
My goal has been to promote non-violent conflict management, tolerance and respect for diversity because I believe this fosters the kind of positive attitude change that is essential for establishing a culture of peace. I have traveled around the world to various countries for my work, always with a commitment to “giving back” to people in need. I have had the privilege of working with individuals of many faiths — Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Atheists — and of many races.
Interests and activities:
Cinema-Theatre-Musique for Social Jusrtice
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