Filming successes for the Middle East
Thursday, 18 August 2011
"People become the stories they hear and the stories they tell."
-- Elie Wiesel
"You can't make peace with your enemy, without your enemy."
-- Reena Lazar, Director
It Together, Canada
Summer 2011 -- relationships flowered, growing more human success
stories especially among young adults.
North America continued hosting numerous camp-like programs for increased engagement and concrete creativity among Israelis and Palestinians -- Muslims, Christians, Jews, and supportive others -- for the Middle East citizen-to-citizen public peace process.
The tradition began in 1979 with Global Youth Village of Legacy International in Virginia.
READ the history at http://traubman.igc.org/camphist.htm
Increasingly, the youth are becoming artisans of telling their stories in film.
Living and picturing their preferred future.
Not waiting for "things" to change.
PEACE IT TOGETHER
British Columbia, Canada
The month-long program of PEACE IT TOGETHER -- http://www.peaceittogether.com -- engages students in 10 days of trust-building exercises before dividing them into trios that will make 10 short films about the Holy Land.
Beyond themselves, they foster relationships with journalists in search of what's truly new.
Filmmaking program in B.C. brings together young Palestinians, Israelis
The Record -- 22 July 2011
SEE six, short powerful films that document the youth dialogue and film making activities -- an inside look at how "enemies" build trust and create together.
A look into Peace it Together 2011
VIEW this year's 10 original, youth-inspired films now online:
The Ten 2011 Films of Peace It Together
Hands of Peace
HANDS OF PEACE -- http://www.hands-of-peace.org -- is an interfaith organization developing peace-building and leadership skills in Israeli, Palestinian, and American teens through the power of dialogue and personal relationships.
Throughout July 2011, their in-depth living together had great impact on these young women and men of excellence.
VIEW videos they created during their summer:
1. The Reality of Peace
2. Piece of Peace
3. Together Peace
4. Give Peace A Chance
Football for Peace
FOOTBALL FOR PEACE (F4P) -- http://www.football4peace.eu -- is an activity-based community-building and reconciliation initiative.
Sports coaches, community leaders, and volunteers work alongside each other bringing differing communities together through football and outdoor education.
In 2001, the project began by bringing together two communities and 100 Jewish and Palestinian youth.
In 2011, today the program involves 37 mixed communities with over 1,000 youth, partnered to form 14 Cross Community Sports Partnerships (CCSP) -- http://www.football4peace.eu/underconstruction.html
READ AND SEE more:
Peace on the Pitch
Jewish and Arab children in Israel take part in
a football festival with UK and German coaches
Jews and Arabs Partner for Football 4 Peace
By Nathan Jeffay
01 July 2011
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These and hundreds of other success stories are preserved at http://traubman.igc.org/messages.htm