“Where is Home?”: Unique Film-Making Project Helps Asylum Seekers Tell Their Stories

Using a unique approach to film-making, the “Where is Home?” project brought together budding film makers—both Cypriot residents and asylum seekers from all over the world—to explore the themes of home, displacement and integration.  With various parts of the island as a backdrop, the four films that resulted from this creative collaboration examine individual notions of ‘what is home’, both in philosophical and literal terms.

Guided by professional trainers, David Hands and Melissa Hekkers, and assisted by two volunteers, Babucar Camara and Fatty Khadijatou, four teams of two young people met, brainstormed and developed their ideas—shaping them into thought-provoking and engaging short films that appeal to audiences of all ages.  First screened in Nicosia on September 27, 2018, the films are now available online.

A Letter to home

One of four films produced as a result of a youth project that explores the meaning behind the concept of ‘home’, both in literal and philosophical terms, through a four month film workshop that was participated in by migrant and Cypriot youth in Nicosia, Cyprus, 2018.

Home

One of four films produced as a result of a youth project that explores the meaning behind the concept of ‘home’, both in literal and philosophical terms, through a four month film workshop that was participated in by migrant and Cypriot youth in Nicosia, Cyprus, 2018.

What does home mean to you?

One of four films produced as a result of a youth project that explores the meaning behind the concept of ‘home’, both in literal and philosophical terms, through a four month film workshop that was participated in by migrant and Cypriot youth in Nicosia, Cyprus, 2018.

Where is home?

One of four films produced as a result of a youth project that explores the meaning behind the concept of ‘home’, both in literal and philosophical terms, through a four month film workshop that was participated in by migrant and Cypriot youth in Nicosia, Cyprus, 2018.

The project, aimed at integrating young refugees with the local youth community through the creative film-making, was implemented by the International Children’s Film Festival of Cyprus in partnership with the Thomson Media Foundation (gGmBH) and is part of the European Youth Initiative Fund that is managed by the European Youth Forum in partnership with UNHCR. Locally, the project was endorsed by Caritas Cyprus.