About This Project
SELC – Shoot.Edit.Learn & Connect
The project “Shoot.Edit.Learn & Connect” aimed to tackle the fear and racism found around us in society, by dealing with the ‘other’, in this case Muslims or Jews, through cultural interaction and by producing educational videos about cultural and social differences/similarities. This was achieved through formal, non-formal and informal education and through working to change attitudes and opinions. By highlighting the common values that unite us -our wishes, hopes and values- S.E.L.C worked to combat anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
The project aimed to help the new members of the Dresdner community –refugees-integrate themselves better and to not fall into a self-perpetuating cycle of misunderstandings and consequential animosity. By educating them about EU values, rights and responsibilities, the project aspired to encourage newcomers to take the first steps towards developing an understanding of and tolerance for other religions and culture.
We believe that education and comprehension lead to understanding and thus to successful integration and acceptance.
The project aspired to produce educational videos that related to anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. The first video was about the life stories of mainly young people; the stories of a young Muslim, a young Jew and a young Christian German were recorded. They spoke about their culture, religion, hobbies, lifestyle and prejudices. They expressed their hopes and dreams and shared their concerns and fears. These young people could express themselves not only through words but through any form they wished, e.g. through music, visuals, street- and performing arts, sport, cooking, crafts etc., so that creativity and self-expression were encouraged.
The second video was about educating the refugees in a comprehensive way and exchanging viewpoints about certain terms and values of the European Union. The main characters of the video were refugees who spoke about the European Union’s Rights and Freedoms, such as their rights and their responsibilities in the EU. Discussions on ‘Gender Equality’ and ‘Freedom of Religion’ and what these meant to them followed. Furthermore, the topic of the ‘Right to Life’ was discussed and analysed. The aforementioned terms and values were first described and explained by an expert through comprehensible examples and then a conversation about these topics was initiated with the refugees.
Exhibition VOICES & IMAGES OF A NEW LAND
As part of the project, an exhibition was also held at Festspielhaus Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste Dresden (Hellerau – European Centre of Arts).
The project was implemented with help of Kulturbüro Sachsen e.V, Jüdische Gemeinde zu Dresden, Ausländerrat Dresden e.V. und HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste
This project has been funded through the WORDS INTO ACTION programme of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).