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Let’s All Be Free

Tariq Nasir grew up in an environment where he thought often about the meaning of freedom. He was born in New York, spent his early years in Palestine, and fled to Jordan with his family during the 1967 war. 

He vividly remembers crossing the border to visit his grandparents in Jerusalem and how differently his family was treated when they used their Jordanian passports instead of their American passports. As an adult, Nasir began to notice that while much of political rhetoric around international conflict centers on the idea that “we all need to be free,” nobody agrees on what freedom means.

All of this inspired him to create the “Let’s All Be Free” project: a cross-platform initiative that explores what freedom means to individuals around the planet. 

The project launched three film festivals in London and this weekend, it will launch an event in Durham featuring a panel discussion and screenings of short fiction, documentary and expressions films. “Let’s All Be Free Film Festival NC” takes place at Full Frame Theater on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Tariq Nasir about his life story and desire to discuss the varied definitions and implications of the term, “freedom.”

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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