The “Seeing the Self” programme was screened during the ALFILM festival in Berlin on Sunday 10th of April 2016 in the presence of Sabine Choucair, one of the leaders and organisers of the workshop behind the project.
Germans, Syrians and people from various nationalities were numerous to attend the screening and they all mostly for a lengthy Q&A moderated by Rabih El-Khoury, which lasted over 45 min. Many questions were asked regarding the process adopted during the shooting of the movies. The audience was very interested in understanding how the adolescent Syrians opened up and decided to share such personal stories, they also asked about their families and the reactions to the films. Many other questions were also about the execution of the project, the shooting and editing of the films.
We were thrilled to be showing the programme in Germany, where many Syrians are seeking refuge – the films shed light on the refugees’ experiences and backgrounds, which greatly contributes to the perception of other people regarding the reasons behind the wave of Syrian migration to Europe.
A group attending the screening happened to be working on similar subjects in Germany – they suggested that we take our project to Germany – maybe we follow Syrians who have actually arrived to Europe and take a look at their lives today.
We will hopefully be working on this suggestion, continue with this project and develop it further.
Seeing the Self is a project funded by Unicef Lebanon and supported by the EU.