As part of the concluding celebrations of 2008, the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID) under the French European Union Presidency, a BELONGING round-table took place at La Cité Nationale de l'Histoire de l'Immigration.
© Benedict Hilliard 2008
Young people from London and Lisbon travelled to Paris to meet their French counterparts – to discuss and compare their different perspectives on ‘belonging’, using their films as a starting point for debate. In total, 20 young people gathered for a 2 day event packed with activities – showing their films to a French audience, visiting the museum exhibitions and attending a dance show specially created for the EYIC by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
In addition, a screening presenting a selection of films from the 3 locations was organised in the Calouste Gulbenkian Cultural Centre.
You can get a feel of the atmosphere during those 2 days by watching the short video below. Thank you to Collectif Tribudom and Ludovic Rivalan.
"I'm really proud of myself."
Two young people from the London Newham workshop - Imran Jabber and Rehana Siddique - travelled to Paris for a 3 day festival to present their film which had been selected by the European Film Festival in Paris. Accompanied by the project assistant and a young video workshop artist facilitator, they participated in screenings and discussions, with other young European
film-makers, on issues around intercultural dialogue.
"I can't wait for next year's project."
The Gulbenkian Foundation brought together young people and family representatives from Boba at a special screening in the Museum. All the films produced during the Casal da Boba workshop were presented, together with a selection of films from the other workshop locations – London and Paris. The screening was followed by a show devised by the young people, with music and dance performances.
"It was very exciting to see my film on a big screen."
Tribudom photographic exhibition launch ‘Cinescaliers’ provided a perfect setting for organising a screening in the neighbourhood where the young participants made their films. More than 200 people – parents, friends and neighbours came to watch the films.
"I was really proud to show my video to my family."
A community screening was organised at Stratford Circus to share the young people’s films with their friends, family and representatives of the Borough. Each young film-maker received a DVD with all the films produced during the workshop.