Welcome! Help create the Kahani Movement with
film, photos, or writings.
Here’s your chance to be a filmmaker in this movement-- no
experience is required and it only takes as little as an hour of
your time to tell a story that lasts forever.
Just choose the people you want to interview, set aside one hour of
time, and then begin asking the questions you’ve always wanted to
ask. There’s no wrong way to do it. Here is how:
Choose someone to interview: this can be your
parents, a relative, or anyone else important to you.
Create a List of Questions: What do you want
to learn from the person you’re interviewing? Make a list of 5-10
questions. See suggested interview
Listen and Record: Choose a location where the
conversation will be quiet and comfortable. Be ready to capture the
interview with a recording device (eg, camcorder, camera, phone).
See interview tips.
Add Pictures and Your Own Personal Touch
(optional): This is where you can get creative. Edit your
footage using a computer-based editor and blend photos into the
video. Watch an editing
Share: add your video to the Kahani Movement
Add a Film Now!
A picture can tell a great story. Here is how:
Collect old photos: Ask your parents, or
anyone else important to you, for photos, old letters, or other
images from their early days in the United States.
Share: Scan the images (see scanning
tips) and when you’re ready, add them here.
Add Photos Now!
Help tell untold stories on the Kahani blog. Here is how:
Write a short story: Ask your parents, or anyone else important
to you, to write a short story about their early days in the United
States. Or write your own story. Feel free to add images to make
the story more entertaining.
Share: post the story as a blog post
Here are some questions that have led to good storytelling:
Describe the day you left your home country. What was going
through your mind?
Who helped you get settled when you first arrived?
What do you remember most about your first few weeks in the US?
How would you describe life in the US to family in your home
Who had the greatest influence on you? Are you still in
How do you want your children to describe the story of their
parents to friends?
StoryCorps, which has been an inspiration for Kahani, put together
a good video on how to do interviews:
Here is a tutorial on how to edit a video with Window’s
Here is a tutorial on how to edit in iMovie