#MeWeSyria: Movie trailer

Check out the trailer for the #MeWeSyria films produced by the Syrian refugee youth in the Me/We communications worships. Trailer produced by Lucas McGhee from Young Eyes.

The opening of the Me/We Exhibition is today. Been up all night editing and getting the films and Young Eyes Gallery ready.

I am also nervous to see how some of the refugee youth will react to seeing thier final films on screen.

Final workshops in Zaatari: #MeWeSyria

Photo on 6-11-14 at 8.25 AM #2

 

Photo on 6-10-14 at 6.57 AM

Just led my final ‪#‎MeWeSyria‬ communications workshop with the boys group in ‪the #‎Zaatari‬ refugee camp w/ Questscope. Some of the youth are bummed our program is almost over, but they are buzzing with excitement and confidence in the stories, messages and films we pulled together. The‪#‎refugee‬ youth have taken brave steps in breaking mental walls for expression, communications & imagination over the last month. I am in awe of the resilience and love within these kids. I am so proud to have gotten to work with them. In total, the boys and girls groups have finished writing, directing and filming 6 short stories—each with key messages and lessons, and of course NO politics. While the politics of the world may fail their homeland, the youth of Syria will not fail our world.

#MeWeSyria exhibition at Young Eyes gallery is this Saturday, 14-22 June. I am also putting on a screening in the refugee camp on Monday. Keep these beautiful kids in your prayers. Stay tuned for more and click on #MeWeSyria on Twitter to learn more…

Update from refugee youth: Lighting a candle instead of cursing the dark

 

After three weeks of intense communications with the workshops with the Syrian refugee youth, I am happy to say that that the youth have started directed and filming their short stories. Above is a short highlight reel showing the some of the talents, smiles and hope being carried in the youth of Syria through the Me/We communications workshops.

I cannot stress how much growth and progress we have fought for in recent weeks. There is much more work ahead of us as we continue filming and crafting stories with positive messages and lessons, as conceptualized by the refugee youth. I anticipate the momentum will continue. Plans are in place to put on an exhibition of the refugees’ messages at the Young Eyes Gallery in Amman from 17-24 June. I am trying to secure permissions for the refugees to leave the camps and attend.

The youth have a deeper understanding about how important communciations is and they are realizing new avenues for self expression, critical  thinning, team work, confidence and hope. None of the workshops or stories are political or religious in nature. This project is not about sides. It is about realizing the collective humanity to which we all equally belong.

Skeptics may say this is just a cute project and no big deal. To them I paraphrase a Chinese proverb that says it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. We are empowering youth to light the candle for themselves, their communities and for our greater world.

Our world may be failing them, but they will not fail our world.

 

*Me/We has been funded by the German government and supported by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and by the dedicated local staff and coordinators working in Zaatari refugee camp and Zarqa: Questscope and Family Guidance Awareness Center.

Zaatari workshops are hosted by the local NGO, Questscope—funded by the EU and UNESCO, OCHA. Support Questscope’s important and successful mentoring programs for refugee youth here: http://www.questscope.org. Logistical support provided by UNFPA.

Zarqa workshops are hosted by the Family Guidance Awareness Center, FGAC.

Volunteers and coordinators making Me/We a success: Manal Jbhour, Khaled Jbhour, Young Eyes Center (Khaled and Issa), Manahil and Abdur Rahman (FGAC), Nadeen and Ashraf (Questscope), Dareen (UNFPA).

Me/We workshops founded by Mohsin Mohi Ud Din (UNAOC Fellow and Fulbright Scholar alum).