Ønsker du å støtte skoleprosjektet INDEPENDENT FILM & TELEVISION COLLEGE i Bagdad?

Bilde fra “De Andre”. Foto: Øystein Mamen

Kjære dere!

Har du sett en film som har formet hvem du er og hva du tror på? Har du sett bilder, reportasjer fra krigsområder som påvirker politikk, skaper sosial endring? I en verden hvor frykt tar grep om mange er det viktig å utvide ytringsfriheten til å gjelde så mange som mulig. La flere stemmer høres.

Min dokumentarfilm “DE ANDRE” vant noen pengepriser. Disse pengene har vært brukt til nødhjelp for medvirkende i filmen, advokathjelp for en som satt fengslet i Athen etter utsendelse, noe som bidro til at han nå har fått asyl i Hellas. Jeg deler dette med dere fordi jeg håper det kan inspirere!

Den siste prisen jeg har fått skal gå til skoleprosjektet INDEPENDENT FILM & TELEVISION COLLEGE (Baghdad)
Speranza Film har opprettet en konto for bidrag: 9041.23.24578.
Om en måned overføres beløpet vi har klart å reise til grunnleggerne av skolen.
Les om dem her eller lenger ned i innlegget om hva de vil bruke pengene til.
Bidra gjerne om du kan!
Mye eller lite, spiller ingen rolle! Noen ganger er det støtte fra andre som skaper vilje og mot til å fortelle historier fra de mest utsatte områder i verden i dag.
Tusen takk for ditt engasjement og bidrag!
Spre dette gjerne i egne nettverk om dere ønsker!
Hvis du i tillegg ønsker å signere vårt Opprop for Nestekjærlighet, en kampanje
vi startet i forbindelse med De Andre, kan du signere her!

 nestekj_logo_til_web Med takk og vennlig hilsen,

  Margreth Olin




 Proposal for a Website Project:

It has now been 10 years since Kasim Abid and Maysoon Pachachi, two Iraqi filmmakers established INDEPENDENT FILM & TELEVISION COLLEGE, an independent free-of-charge film-training centre in Baghdad.

The aim was to help young people unlock creative potential, learn to use the camera to look critically at the complex reality around them and to provide them with a professional training so they could put their thoughts and stories on the screen.  It has been a dangerous and unpredictable environment in which to work, but by remaining flexible and improvisational, it has been possible to run 6 courses, during which students have producing 18 short documentary films reflecting daily life in Iraq during this extraordinary time in the country’s history in way rarely shown in the mainstream media. The films have been screened internationally, winning 14 festival prizes.

We are proposing to create a new dual-language (English-Arabic) website, specifically dedicated to the work of IFTVC students over the past 10 years.  All the films produced at the school will be viewable, downloadable and open for anyone to screen in public.  There will be biographies of the directors, filmed interviews with them about their aspirations, their experiences at the school and before they came to it, about filming in Iraq, about why they made the films they did and about their current projects.  And there will also be a short film to present the history of the school and its aims.

The idea is not only to make the films available to a much wider audience, but also to encourage exchange and collaboration.  The young filmmakers in Iraq had hoped that the isolation in which the country had lived for so many years would be broken down. To a degree this has happened with access to the internet and social networks, but the dire security situation in Iraq, the fragmentation of the society along sectarian lines, the hold of reactionary religious parties on power and the constraints on Iraqis obtaining visas to travel, all make it very difficult for young filmmakers in Iraq to exchange ideas and enter into dialogue with their counterparts outside and sometimes, even inside the country. This website will break down some of this isolation. It will be possible for people to contact the filmmakers directly, to discuss films, to create shared projects – being shot, for example, inside and outside the country – and the student filmmakers will be able to upload and discuss their new work. We are hoping also that links will be made with the alternative activist groups of young people that are beginning to appear so that our students can use their filmmaking skills to help and participate and to develop a sense of filmmaking as an active tool of social change.

Since the school was established 10 years ago, there has been little funding to buy equipment and we desperately need to update.  The cameras, for example, are still DV, but for the website we need HD.  Therefore, we have included this element in our draft budget below.

The situation in Iraq at the moment is very precarious and it would be very difficult for us to try to run a film course now.  We have to be patient as we were in 2007/8 when we had to close down for a while before opening up again and running another course. In the future when things, hopefully, settle down enough for students to come to courses, we hope to start our teaching programme again, this time with themed film production courses – for example dealing specifically with women’s rights and issues, or running a course specifically for young men and women involved in activist youth groups.


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