Video: Ahjeel Interview with Leyla Shams

Leyla Shams
January 14, 2014

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of being interviewed by Amin Etemad of Ahjeel (right after he interviewed Maz Jobrani! I wish I'd practiced a few more jokes). Ahjeel is an online network that publishes different interviews with leaders in the Iranian American community. Amin asked me many thought provoking questions about Chai and Conversation, leading me through a journey of how it started to how we got to where we are now. Again, many thanks for giving me a chance to talk about the project I love so much!

In addition, check out Amin's own personal project, Sam and Saam. Sam and Saam is also a labor of love created entirely by Etemad, and features one Persian speaking boy, Saam, and and English speaking one, Sam, stranded together on a spaceship. Available for free on iTunes, Sam and Saam is the first completely bilingual show, and is intended to emulate the way many bilingual Iranian children exprience the Persian language. Check it out on the Sam and Saam website, or on YouTube!

Click the link below to see the entire Ahjeel interview with me, Leyla:


Wonderful connection between two useful productive program to help Persian language and culture be known in the world when there are a huge number of immigrants are in all over the world and they try first of all to communicate with the host countries and also they like to role over the good part of the culture to the generations growing out of Iran. The interview was very professional . The interviewer besides being a wonderful bilingual animation maker, but also had a good journalist talent . I like vides Sam and Saam and the story of each video are interesting and helpful for children to learn Iranian's culture.

thanks I want to say thanks helping my children and other children because they did go to class but those class is more about reading and writing which is more important talking like a baby who is just trying to learn the word by word. good luck and you doing great.