We had the good fortune of connecting with Malak Wazne-Fadlallah and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Malak, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
My business consists of many different branches that stem back to one root belief: that specific storytelling is a crucial tool to obtain universal self-empowerment.
Entering 2022, I am focusing on helping ordinary families preserve their extraordinary stories through short documentaries.
From the day I was able to ask questions, I was in awe of people’s stories. I saw how it important it was for them to share, even if it was just to me. And I saw the therapy in it for not only them, but for myself. I learned that the only difference between the people around me and those whose lives got turned into a “Based On A True Story” Hollywood movie, is not that the former group has a lesser valuable stories than the latter group, but that the latter group got the opportunity to have that voice.
There are as many potential incredible “Based On A True Story” Hollywood movies as there are people. And my goal is to document as many stories as I can.
Please tell us more about your art. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
My art is the appreciation of God’s creation.
As you are the only you, I am the only me. Which is to say, what sets me apart is simply the fact that I have lived my own experiences and story. This is what sets us apart from one another, yet keeps us together.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Dearborn deserves credit.
Dearborn, MI is the city I call home. It is made up of the most densely concentrated population of Arabs and Muslims beyond the “middle-east”. Dearborn is a large city that feels and operates like a small town. And soon as I started posting my work online at age 13, my home rallied behind me. Loving and supportive in action, Dearborn put me on their map, allowing me to flourish doing what makes me most happy: telling their stories.