Azad.MOV project aims to to disseminate digital video producing skills among migrants residing in or transiting through Serbia. The goal is to encourage migrants to document human rights violations and promote their participation in the debate on the current migration policies. To achieve these goals we will organise workshops near asylum seekers reception centres and establish web platform for publishing video content created by trainees.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
The number of Asian and African migrants in Serbia drastically increased in 2011. and 2012. Majority of them resides near reception centres for asylum seekers, without proper assistance or assigned status, vulnerable to police mistreatment. Mainstream media reacted to the newly developed situation with biased rhetoric, thus encouraging anti-immigrant mobilisation of the local communities. Almost no reporting included migrants’ perspective.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Workshop participants will be trained to produce short videos using cheap digital devices and mobile phones. Topics will vary according to individual preferences but should focus on the concrete human rights abuses. Web platform will be used to publish material created by migrants and to put it in the context of critique of current migration policies and practices. Participants will be also encouraged to publish material using social media.
Video blogging platform developed for the project.
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
The project team has already established connections with migrants residing in areas around reception centres for asylum seekers, which will facilitate selection of the workshop participants. Networking with NGOs working on migration issues should be reinforced. We will seek to engage with local community organisations in order to encourage inter-cultural learning and Serbian blogging community to enhance visibility of the project.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
The core group of 12 participants will be trained in the series of small-scaled workshops. Following the initial training, constant mentoring and assistance will be provided particularly regarding post-production processes. Participatory approach to project implementation and tailoring the workshop to individual trainees’ needs should reinforce migrants’ involvement. We will encourage trainees to act as peer educators to ensure additional impact.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Partnership with Rising Voices will in itself constitute a substantial added value to the project by networking with similar initiatives and possibility of global outreach. Assistance in evaluating project results and support in terms of planning follow-up activities would be valuable.
Regional Centre for Minorities
April 5, 2013
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