What We Do

LAYALINA produces award-winning films and television series that bridge the divide between the Arab world and the United States. 

Our award-winning documentaries and compelling reality television series are consistently broadcast in primetime on the leading American and pan-Arab cable and satellite networks. Their messages of hope, innovation and intercultural exchange have reached into the homes of tens of millions of viewers throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the United States.

Since its inception in 2002, Layalina has established a successful track record in reaching and engaging youthful audiences through quality television programming and inspiring them to imagine and create a more hopeful future. Layalina’s past successes include the hit reality television series On the Road in America, which ran for three seasons and debunks widely held stereotypes about Arabs and Americans. Other past productions include the award-winning documentary Life After Death, whose story about the families of Arab, European and American victims of terrorist attacks serves as an indictment against the horrific targeting of civilians, and Back from the Brink, a documentary about the efforts of three dissimilar communities around the world in countering the spread and toll of violent extremism.

Layalina’s newest reality series, Generation Entrepreneur, offers a glimpse into the lives of young Arab entrepreneurs at a time when unemployment and underemployment are among the most pressing problems in the MENA region. Yemeniettes, Layalina’s latest award-winning documentary film, follows the efforts of three Yemeni teenage girls to launch a start-up and win an international entrepreneurship competition in the face of widespread joblessness, constraining gender expectations and a threatening Al-Qaeda presence.

In addition to television programming, Layalina publishes Perspectives, an op-ed publication with contributions from leading academics and practitioners in the fields of public diplomacy and Arab media. Layalina also provides our donors with The Chronicle, a publication that keeps Layalina supporters abreast of our most recent efforts and endeavors.

Layalina Productions is a §501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded through tax-deductible donations from individuals and corporations, and through grants by foundations based in the U.S. and the Arab world. To request a copy of our 990 please visit guidestar.com, or contact us for more information.

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