The project MY PLACE was a training course on Media production (Photos and Videos) and editing. Three Trainers and a Coordinator from AMISnet, the Italian Non-Profit Organization partner, trained 20 Participants and 7 Observers at Yafa Culture Center in Balata Camp of Nablus, a Palestinian city in the northern West Bank. Among the 27 participants and observers there were 19 Palestinians and 8 European participants.
The action began with preparation activities between YCC (Yafa Culture Center) and Amisnet starting from 30th of January, 2012 to the 5th of February, 2012. The training Course started on Monday 6th.
The participants were divided into three groups: photos, video and researchers group.
Each group had one or two coordinator or trainer, working on the selected heritage places to produce a final documentary product. At the same time the participants were involved in a practical training on media production by the trainers.
At the end of the training course three kinds of final products were issued. The photography group selected twenty-four pictures among all the pictures taken during the fieldwork documentation. Each of the eight participants selected three pictures and added to them a note in a form of text, poetry or report describing her/his experience. These pictures have been printed and an exhibition has been organized in the Yafa Cultural Center in March 2012.
This exhibition will be shown in Rome when a delegation from the YCC will be hosted by the partner organization for a dissemination activity. The exhibition has been created also with the aim of bringing these pictures around Europe as a result of an intense activity of the photography group and the meeting of young photographers from Palestine with a young professional.
The Video Group, from its side, has issued a short documentary movie with interviews of local people. This product will also constitute an important tool to disseminate the work done, and the meaning of documenting the old city of Nablus. It will be shown first in Rome, but also in other European cities where it will be possible to enhance the importance of the cultural past of Palestine and the importance of inclusion of young generation in this process of documentation.
A third product was the result of the researchers’ group: a 24 pages booklet with pictures, text and photogrammetric surveys of five historical sites chosen among the old buildings of Nablus. The booklet - which has been printed in seven hundred copies - will be distributed in the tourism offices of Palestine to serve the local tourism development; some will also be distributed in Italy and other cities of Europe. All this material will travel with the exhibition in the future.
The project MY PLACE has been inspired by the need of study and research about the past of the city to encourage local population to valorize their cultural heritage.
The project was a starting point of a wider strategy aiming to support their initiatives in media production to highlight their cultural heritage and to increase its visibility in their society. The spread of the new media among younger generations along with the freedom of information are amid the fundamental pillars of democracy processes in contemporary world.
The knowledge of the historical past and the enhancement of cultural heritage are important elements to develop multiculturalism and cultural openness together with the construction of a national identity.
For more information: Palestinian Euromed Youth Unit website