Within the visual hub FollowMe the participants will learn to express their wants and needs in short movies using smartphones and publishing them online. In mixed groups of host communities and people who just arrived they will be trained to experience inclusion as an enrichment of the community and not as threat. FollowMe will put the participants in three cities and a wider audience in Europe in a position to reflect different forms of cultural identity and inclusion beyond borders.
Not mainstream locations but the periphery: Gaziantep - Turkey, Essen - Germany and Hamrun, Malta.-
The creation and publishing of these movies in mixed groups will give the one who just arrived the feeling of becoming part of the host community. The European online community will compare the diverse cultural approaches and should understand diversity and inclusion as cultural enrichment.
Since 2014 diyalog conducted video workshops in mixed groups in Turkey and created already an online community with up to 30.000 visitors monthly; the collaboration in three cities with local partners will create a platform on an European level and should triple the participants and visitors.
The participants get trained in film narration, producing their stories in groups and publishing them on the online platform. FollowMe will approach its online platforms and its equivalent social media platforms, accompanied by public screenings at the three locations with debates. After the training period we are expecting that the participants will continue to produce and publish movies self-sufficient, experiencing the FollowMe platform as a useful enrichment for understanding.
The decision on what to show is no longer in the hands of journalists alone. News channels will ultimately need to rethink their role and responsibilities. The issue of consent – how to handle real time eyewitness media from video streams – is also “set to be a new ethical battlefield”.
For local European communities and their guests who are searching for inclusion, participation and an enrichment of their culture. For the communities who feel the need to overcome prejudices beyond borders which still exists in Europe between nations, gender, religion and ethnics.
We will be glad for any kind of critical-constructive feedback. In the sense of additional suggestions or improvements. We are also open for further collaboration with initiatives from other regions who are thinking inclusion is a fundamental part of civilization and democracy.