V2V’s 2018 SUMMER PROGRAM: “Reel2Reel”


V2V’s 2018 summer program, “Reel2Reel,” brought together teens from different cultures and backgrounds for an exciting week of collaboration: writing, shooting, editing, and sharing their short films. Participants walked the High Line in NYC, hiked in the South Mountain Reservation in West Orange, and visited a mosque in Elizabeth, while documenting their experiences and strengthening their bonds. It was a truly memorable experience for all.


Photos from the 2018 summer program.


Music pumped through loudspeakers, delicious Syrian treats were served, local artists and crafts people donated their work for an auction, and the party went on into the night as a hundred neighbors gathered to support V2V United’s 2018 summer program, “Reel2Reel.” Thanks to all who participated in this joyous event! Check out the pictures.


Village to Village Short Film

by Max Goldstein

Max’s  documentary has won three awards this year: Best Documentary at the RCNJ High School Film Festival (Ramapo College of New Jersey); Finalist/Grand Prize Runner-Up at the SOMA Film Festival, Cinema Ed Young Filmmakers Track; and it is an Official Selection at the international Thin Line Festival in Texas.   


These Teens Hanging Out Are From Syria, Iraq...and New Jersey

Check out Matt Katz from WNYC capturing the V2V teens' experience building bridges of understanding and friendship.

Aug 21, 2017 • by Matt Katz



Village to Village United (V2V) brought teens from different cultures and backgrounds together for a week during the summer of 2017 to experience the strength of community without borders. 

At the first session, the V2V teens explored the Newark Museum with a tour, and enjoyed jazz in the courtyard. The art theme continued in the second session, when the teens collaborated by tracing portraits of each other on clear plastic, then creating realistic and abstract self portraits. In the third session, the teens made their own hand-bound journals, using found materials from nature to paint the pages. We met at the South Mountain Reservation for our fourth session, taking a hike, learning to build a shelter, having a cookout and experimenting with Japanese kumihimo braiding. The fifth and final session included a writing workshop and a closing circle. 

V2V wishes to thank teen librarian Emily Witkowski and the entire staff at the Maplewood Memorial Library, Jerry's Artist Outlet in West Orange for being sponsors in kind, Elizabeth Coordinator Laila Elfane with ICNA Relief, and the many individuals who contributed time and donations to make our program a success!

Photos from the 2017 summer program

A V2V Thanksgiving

This past fall, at Maplewood Memorial Library, we had an early Thanksgiving celebration with teens who participated in our summer program and their families. It was an opportunity to “widen the circle” of V2V, to hear one another’s stories, and of course to enjoy a delicious feast with foods from all our cultures, from turkey and gravy to baklava!

WNYC podcast taping on immigration

This winter we had a field trip to the Greene Space, WNYC’s live taping studio, to participate in the taping of a podcast about immigration by radio journalist Matt Katz and others.

SOMA Film festival

We were thrilled that V2V teen Max Goldstein’s film about our program, “Village to Village,” was a finalist in the SOMA Film Festival! The film was runner up in the youth documentary division. The teens enjoyed watching all the youth films from around the world, followed by pizza and discussion at the Village Trattoria.