What is the objective of Movie Makers in Movement?
The objective of this project is to integrate young people from different cultural backgrounds. We want to bring a positive message of inclusivity, and to support a society which fosters respect for the rights and dignity of everybody, regardless of ethnicity, religion or gender.
We started this project to fight against ethnic discrimination, which almost two in three Europeans perceive as widespread in the EU, with xenophobic sentiments becoming increasingly present across Europe. We believe it is important now to show the general public that when different cultures come together to collaborate the result can be amazing!
How does it work?
22 young people from across the world spend 10 days designing and making a video-documentary. Among them European citizens, refugees, and migrants. They will tell a story of their choice and will make the video in a participative way, under the guidance of professionals.
Throughout the project participants take part in activities such as trust-building exercises as well as workshops on scriptwriting, acting, and video editing. These were designed with two main purposes: to ensure the participants are comfortable with each other and themselves, and to give them the technical skills required to make a short documentary.
The video-documentary is shared with the wider public as an illustration of the valuable personal connections and creative environment that can be achieved once cultural differences and prejudices are set aside.
Who is sponsoring the project?
Movie Makers in Movement is funded by Erasmus+, the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Erasmus+ provides opportunities to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad. One of the priorities of this Programme is the mobility of young refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Erasmus + promotes as well diversity, intercultural dialogue, understanding of other cultures, tolerance and respect for human rights.
Here you can find more information on the programme: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/node_en
Activities are hosted at Agriturismo San Lorenzo (sanlorenzoagriturismo.net) a beautiful farmhouse and campsite located in the southeast of Sicily. The structure is immersed in nature and committed to eco-sustainability and respect for the environment.
The site is situated halfway between the beautiful Vendicari reservoir and the lovely Marzamemi coast. Inside the “Wildlife Oasis of Vendicari” reserve, an entire ecosystem lives undisturbed. It is full of breath-taking landscapes, and dense vegetation that suddenly opens to a clear sea, with long and golden beaches, that lead to rocky cliffs and deep sea. (http://www.vendicari.net/vendicari-reserve- sicily/)
Who is working behind the scenes?
Francesca has a background in human rights, and experience in public policies for migrants’ reception and integration in the EU, as well as EU project planning and management. In February 2015 she set up EuGen in Rome, she currently represents it as President, she will coordinate the activities during the exchange of MMM.
Rossana has worked in the Film Industry for over 20 years, specifically in the editing. In recent years, she began to produce awarded documentaries on her own (i.e. “A Corto di Donne”, “Steve’s Celio Azzurro”, “Chiara Vigo, the last Master of Byssus/Sea Silk”, “The Thread of Water”). She will be the director and movie-maker during the exchange of MMM. She will also complete the editing and post-production of the video produced.
Franca is an Italian actress with a background in teaching acting to young people. She has studied acting in Napoli and worked in theatre, filmmaking and television. She will be offering her expertise and support during the entire duration of the exchange.
Graduated in Political Science and International Relations at University Sapienza of Rome, he is specialised in European Project management. In the last five years he worked as a tutor in a local project for the inclusion of Roma’s community and collaborated to the implementation of several projects in the Erasmus+ framework. Nowadays he is working as project assistant at EuGen.
Graduated in arts, music and drama at Bologna University. He started as a cameraman and editor for independent film productions, documentaries and commercials. Over the years he has produced himself music videos, institutional and commercial films. He has produced short films with many schools of different degree in projects funded by the EU. He lives in Catania where he works as a freelance videographer.
Alice Cordò Gallucci
Alice was born in Rome but is currently studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics in the U.K.. She leads a volunteering society at her university and has interned and volunteered around the world. She has recently joined EuGen and will be helping Francesca in organizing the project, handling communications and advertising MMM on social media.
Who are the project active partners?
EuGen – IT
EuGen (European Generation) is coordinator of the project. It is a social promotion association set up to support local communities in the process of European integration, and to strengthen social, human, and civil rights.
Based in Rome, EuGen works with European partners to develop international initiatives for the social and working inclusion of vulnerable migrants and for students, with social benefits and scalable impact for the whole community.
Burgos – ES
The youth department of the Municipality of Burgos promotes and manages different European activities and initiatives, promoting connections between young Spanish people and the EU as well as equality and support amongst young people. They manage various facilities, including a radio station and a youth hostel, and host a diverse range of activities such as artistic performances, public exhibitions, Erasmus+ programmes, and workshops.
YouInclusion – TR
YouInclusion is a non-profit NGO which aims to improve the situation of young people, women, and marginalised groups in all areas of social life. This is achieved by partnering up with the community, local government, universities, NGOs and foundations to promote gender equality, democracy, human rights, social development, volunteerism, integration, inclusiveness and the social independence of youth and women.
The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN) – UK
TERN assists refugee entrepreneurs in the UK and Germany thus aiming to transform the public perception of refugees. They select refugees with promising business ideas through refugee centres. The participants are then initiated into the TERN network and assigned a local business mentor that helps them in developing a business plan and connects them with relevant business networks. TERN then proceeds to help refugees find funding to put their idea into action and keeps providing support and advice s stakeholders within the refugee business.
Ready to join us or want more info on the project? We look forward to hearing from you!