Two friends from Maple Ridge and Surrey have started an online talk show that aims to build understanding between people exploring topics such as sexuality, mental health, culture and homelessness.
In Humanity is co-hosted by Hasan Namir, who wrote the novel God in Pink and Alexandra Culetu, who is pursuing a degree in counselling.
“We want to give marginalized voices a voice,” says Namir. The two started In Humanity about six months ago producing the content on a volunteer basis with the help of friends who help direct, film and edit. They are active on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.
Namir says they’ve received positive responses from people all over the world including a gay man in Morocco who messaged them to say he finds what they’re doing to be inspirational.
“We really want to show people that it’s important to be acknowledged, to be accepted and be respected,” Namir explains.
He speaks about his experience coming out in a Muslim family and how it influenced him to write God in Pink, about a young gay Iraqi man struggling to find a balance between his sexuality, religion and culture in this documentary.
“Learning about different people, their situations and how they’re trying to overcome the challenges they face can help us come together and find the key to resolving many issues we all face,” says Culetu.
She says they hope to one day have a televised talk show and travel the world to gather more stories and help more people. “We want to put something positive out there and connect with people.”