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Shmuly Yanklowitz's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

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Shmuly Yanklowitz is an intellectual rabbinical student at New York City's Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and a passionate activist. A Modern Orthodox Jew, he feels compelled to break boundaries, to resist becoming an old-style rabbi stuck within the walls of the synagogue.

Film Clip 3 | Mimi and Dona

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In this clip, all goes according to plan as Dona moves into an assisted living facility until it's time for Mimi to say goodbye and return home for the day.

Film Clip 2 | Mimi and Dona

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In this clip, Mimi and Dona share a tender moment as they awkwardly stumble through the Lord's Prayer before bed on the night before Dona is scheduled to move out.

Bilai Ansari's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

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Bilal Ansari is an African American father of three and a student in the Islamic Chaplaincy Program at Hartford Seminary. He works tirelessly in the Connecticut prison system, where inmates often convert to Islam, but where he is also the victim of a hate crime perpetrated by some of his co-workers.

Rob Pene's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

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Rob Pene was born in American Samoa and came to the United States on a baseball scholarship. Unsuccessful in his major-league tryouts, he pursues his passion through an urban ministry. He also writes and performs Christian rap. The sudden death of his father challenges Pene’s commitment to his chosen path.

Steven Gamez's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

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This film tells the story of Steven Gamez who is studying to become a Catholic Priest. Steven is a Tejano (Texan-Mexican), born and raised on San Antonio’s rough West Side. He dreams of returning to his neighborhood and serving the poor.

Tahera Ahmed's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

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Tahera Ahmad is an outspoken young woman from a traditional Pakistani-American family. She is a coach and mentor for Muslims in high school while studying to be an Islamic chaplain. A trip to Egypt takes her out into the world for the first time, where she reflects on being a leader.

Jeneen Robinson's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

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Jeneen Robinson is an African American single mother, as well as a newly ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. She balances the responsibilities of parenting, schoolwork, and creating an original preaching style.

Film Clip 1 | Mimi and Dona

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In this clip, we meet the title characters of the film Mimi and Dona. It is obvious right away that they have a very special and very close relationship. We follow Mimi and Dona as they go about their daily lives. They spend their time going to the salon, enjoying meals, and watching their favorite television programs together.

Tre Maison Dasan | Dear Tre

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Tre and his mom have a discussion guided by a social worker during his stay at a psychiatric hospital. Tre then reads a letter written to himself about his life and goals.

Tre Maison Dasan | Visiting Day

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Tre, 13, and Maison, 11, are able to visit their father at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections in Cranston, RI for two hours on Saturdays. This one-on-one time is part of RIDOC’s unique full contact visiting program.

Tre Maison Dasan | It Wasn’t Really a School

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Dasan, 6, and his cousin Alivia learn that his mother, Stephanie, wasn’t really away at school for the past two years. With help from Telisa, a Department of Corrections social worker, Stephanie explains that she has been in prison.

Tre Maison Dasan | Interview of the Month

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During a weekly visit, Maison and his dad ask and answer questions in a candid conversation about memories, feelings, their relationship, and incarceration.

Tre Maison Dasan | Caregivers

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Moments from Tre, Maison, and Dasan’s lives with their caregivers that illustrate the different roles that family plays in their lives.

Tre Maison Dasan | Cub Scouts

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Dasan and his mom attend their first Cub Scout camping trip with Pack 88 Providence.