Ongoing mission: To give voice to young refugees by creating a Syrian school of media

In April 2016, the team at Let me play initiated the set-up of a media school for young Syrian refugees, located in Gaziantep, Turkey. First on its list of tasks is to organize two workshops, held by accompanying filmmakers of Wapikoni mobile, a Quebec organization which gives a voice to Aboriginals around the world.

To ensure its permanence, the establishment of the Syrian School of Media will be monitored by Rozana, an organization already present on the ground in both Turkey and Syria.

The first workshop will focus on Syrian adolescent refugees in Turkey, who will, over the course of two weeks, learn how to create short films. They will be given the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the various types of equipment that will permit them to express their diverse thoughts and opinions.

The second workshop will target young Syrian professionals in their twenties, already at ease with audiovisual content. The goal will be to train them in Wapikoni’s “learning by creating” method, so that they in turn will be able to train other young refugees and displaced Syrians living in camps or villages in Turkey and Syria.

In the months and years to come, this school will train its young Syrian students in cinematic, journalistic, and interactive media content, as well as in radio, photography and animation. Each of these art media forms will enable these students to express themselves and allow their ideas to flourish. It will in turn allow us to understand what they live and experience by giving an inside look at their community.