“The Making of Muna Muday” is a short film portrait of a young woman who was born and grew up in a Somali refugee camp. At twelve years of age, she immigrated to Nashville, Tennessee. Today she is a young professional with a master’s degree in community health. Ms. Muday is a devout Muslim who passionately follows fashion trends in clothing and make-up. She grew up with traditional Somali music in the refugee camps, but now has eclectic tastes in music from Carrie Underwood to Beyonce to Bollywood. Ms. Muday is defining her identity as a young woman in an American society that often harbors misconceptions about Muslims and Somali refugees.
This film was produced in 2018 as a class project in a graduate seminar taught by Professor Martha Norkunas and filmmaker Paul Wagner in the Public History program at Middle Tennessee State University.