Stories of Conflict, Migration and Place focuses on the changing nature of digital storytelling and film production in the context of the Syrian civil war and other places of conflict. What motivates screenwriters, film-makers and producers to engage in creative storytelling in the middle of a violent conflict? Or when experiencing and/or witnessing dramatic human displacement? What are the new methods of capturing and re-imagining stories of everyday life for people and places undergoing transition because of conflict?
Morning Workshop 10.30am – 1pm
We will look at films produced within and against the backdrop of the Syrian civil war, discussing recurring themes and film language and approach. We will screen clips from films using low-budget mobile technologies that are reaching local and global audiences through social media, including entries from Syria’s Mobile Phone Film Festival, 2015.
Afternoon Workshop 2pm – 5pm
In the afternoon we will explore how the morning’s workshop themes relate to everyday and local experiences of migration, displacement, conflict and home. We will also consider the future needs of the Platforma North West Hub in the context of building sustainable platforms for digital advocacy, storytelling, and arts for social change.
Evening Screening 6.10pm – 7.40pm
The learning Lab will conclude with an optional evening screening of Queens of Syria, which follows a group of fifty Syrian women living in exile as they prepare to perform the timeless Greek tragedy, The Trojan Women. There will be a post-screening Q&A with the director, award winning documentary film-maker Yasmin Fedda.
How to Book
The Learning Lab is a free event and we will give priority to artists and organisations who are part of the Platforma Network. There are only 25 places available, so early booking is advised.
To book your place contact Sara@can.uk.com or call 0161 234 2975