A semi-fictional YouTube series to advocate migration in Europe. In a reality-TV inspired show, eight real migrants with different biographies are portrayed during their first days of "integration" in Germany. The audience can interact with them online and give their support. Everything looks sweet. But then things turn ugly. A quote-greedy producer aims to transform the show into a crude "Big Brother of Integration". The viewers need to organize in order to prevent the worst. Will they?
Migration and Integration issues are at the top of the political agenda in Europe. These debates no longer deal "only" with immigration policy. The current situation is a catalyst that raises fundamental questions about what kind of Europe we want and stimulates debates on what it means to be "German" or "European". What does "integration" stand for in the 21st century? Who are "economic refugees" and who are migrating "skilled employees"? Which migrants do (and should) we want and who is "we"?
We create an unusual and provocative context bringing together migrants, politics, and the public sphere. We highlight the tension between individual biographies and abstract categories in order to increase public awareness of terms such as “integration” or “migrant”. With the help of our interactive platform, we foster our viewers’ confidence in their own ability to act. The experience of self-efficacy helps to enable citizens with civic skills for living together in a Europe with open borders.
A YouTube show to advocate migration in Europe. At first, everything looks fine: Eight migrants are portrayed during their first days in Germany. The audience can support (language, housing, jobs) them on a website. But then things get out of hand: A quote-greedy producer appears and suddenly changes the rules. He introduces "integration challenges“ and a new mechanism: instead of supporting the participants, the audience can vote against certain „candidates“. How will the audience react? Hopefully they will organize to subvert the crude voting mechanism! But nothing is for sure. The decisions of the audience determines the course of the show. The series is accompanied by subsequent panel discussions, in which all stakeholders are involved, in order reflect past events and decisions.
The participants of our show are the heart of the project. They are different young migrants from the Schengen area and all over the world, as well as people with recognized refugee status. All participants are fully informed about the purpose of the project and contribute to it as amateur actors on a level playing field with the producers. We address a young and wide audience on YouTube - a platform, frequented millionfold and on which political content is becoming increasingly important.
A political think tank works together with a studio for new creative media. In a time where borders are being shut down, we advocate Europe with an artistic approach. An approach in which not the rational-analytical, in fact the dividing, is in the foreground, but the unifying, bringing together unresolvable complexities. Moreover, our project is embedded in social reality: the everyday life of migrants, the feedback from the public and the political discourse.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Calculation for 20 days of shooting. Crew: 20 days of shooting: EUR 20 000 Salary main candidates: EUR 10 000 Salary other actors: EUR 10 000 Rental equipment and car / logistics / travel expenses, catering: EUR 4000 Costumes / props: EUR 1000 Post Production: EUR 1500 Website: EUR 1000 Events: EUR 2500 Total: EUR 50 000