The Team

Directed and Produced by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

Executive Producer: Marco Williams

YONI BROOK

Director/Producer
Yoni Brook & Musa Syeed

Yoni Brook is a film director and photographer. His film, A SON’S SACRIFICE, has been recognized at film festivals around the world, including Best Documentary Short at the Tribeca Film Festival and Best Documentary Short at the International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards. The film was broadcast nationally in 2008 on PBS' Independent Lens series. He is currently co-directing two films with Musa Syeed for national ITVS/PBS broadcast: THE CALLING, about young religious leaders, and BRONX PRINCESS (for P.O.V. on PBS).

Brook has worked as a photojournalist at The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. He is regularly assigned to cover stories of national significance, such as Hurricane Katrina for Fortune and advertising campaigns for Target. His web site is www.yonibrook.com.

Brook's photography has received the field's highest honors at the Pictures of the Year International and Best of Photojournalism competitions. He was named the national College Photographer of the Year by the Missouri School of Journalism and was the youngest ever to be selected for Photo District News' “30 Photographers to Watch”. He speaks regularly about photojournalism and has instructed students at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

He is an alumnus of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was selected to attend the CPB/PBS Producers Academy and the Berlinale Talent Campus.

MUSA SYEED

Director/Producer

Syeed is an independent filmmaker and writer. After producing A SON'S SACRIFICE, he is currently co-directing two films with Yoni Brook for national ITVS/PBS broadcast: THE CALLING, about young religious leaders, and BRONX PRINCESS (for P.O.V. on PBS).

Syeed was a Fulbright Fellow in Cairo, Egypt, where he focused on experimental filmmaking. As a writer, he produced original theatrical work for the Children's Museum of Manhattan and is the film editor for Islamica Magazine.

Syeed has worked as an educator in schools, community centers, and prisons. This year, he is a professor of documentary production at Williams College. He serves as an advisor for film and television companies, including Thirteen/WNET.

He is an alumnus of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and the Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Department.

MARCO WILLIAMS

Executive Producer

Williams is an award winning documentary and fiction film director. For over twenty-five years he has produced films confronting issues of race, ethnicity, and family relationships.

His most recent film, BANISHED, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and aired on Independent Lens in February 2008.

His films include I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education (2004), MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream (2003), Two Towns of Jasper (2002), Making Peace; Rebuilding our Communities (1995), The Pursuit of Happiness: With Arianna Huffington (1994), Without A Pass (1992), In Search of Our Fathers (1991), and From Harlem To Harvard (1982).