Citizens For Europe
With “You and Me” young people counterbalance the nationalistic, neo-liberal & quota-driven crisis rhetorics that set the peoples of the North and South against each other. The film project wants to free the debate on European solidarity from mistrust and stereotypes and to unite the youth.
Germany, Greece, Spain
Read the newspaper headlines, watch the most viewed videos, listen to the interviews and comments in the media - you will get a picture of what seems to drive Europe today: lazy Spaniards, Varoufakis’ middle finger, rounds of ministers fighting for their national interests, finger pointing from South to North and vice versa, and a confused debate on the causes of and answers to the crisis. This, combined with high youth unemployment, strong tendencies towards extremism among young people, burdening debt on future generations and growing resentments between North and South shows how vulnerable the European project is. You and Me wants to break this vicious circle and contribute with an alternative narrative of Europe. It empowers the unheard to raise their voice and build their own Europe.
To reach the hearts & minds of nine youngsters and with this those of thousands other young people. "You and Me" wants to empower youth to develop filming and dialogue skills, to dig themselves out of the mud of stereotypes, obscure facts and lack of perspective. The project is successful firstly, if the nine youngsters are able to develop empathy, understanding each other’s perspective, hopes and life plans and building a common ground for a shared future in Europe. Secondly, if these youngsters are empowered to act as multiplicators and role models in their social environment (family, school, friends). Lastly, if the film itself gets spread over social media and potentially recognised by traditional media (ARTE, Channel 4) or festivals, thus providing an alternative narrative for Europe.
-Find partners in project countries who will help identify young people (18-22) to create the film; build three mixed groups (one Greek, German, Spanish person per group)
-Develop and deliver a two-day training to the groups on intercultural awareness, filmmaking, interview techniques & storytelling to empower them to create the film independently
-Build three support teams for the groups with two social workers, a filmmaker and a project coordinator to go on a 3-day filming journey and collect stories of young people to be combined into a European story
-Produce a learning journal and an online diary for the self-empowerment and reflections of the groups
-Build and use on- and offline channels for the dissemination of the film and produce a video-toolkit on how to run such a project
Funding requested from Advocate Europe