CMFE trainings on multilingual broadcasting

Three training workshops are taking place in September and October in the framework of the EU-funded project New Neighbours. The CMFE workshops aim to empower more migrants and refugees, women in particular, to produce their own media contents on community media. Tools and techniques for multilingual broadcasting (using more than one language within the same program) will be a core element of the trainings, referring to materials developed by community radios and training institutions in the past fifteen years. CMFE is working with three local partners in Italy, Slovenia and Spain who wish to strengthen the role of intercultural broadcasting in their organisations. The workshops will focus on core competencies such as presentation and interviewing but also on workable methodologies for creating intercultural programming teams and motivating volunteers from migrant communities. The first training will take place at Radio Student in Ljubljana, Slovenia, one of the oldest community radio stations in Europe, with Birgitte Jallov, founder of Empowerhouse and CMFE President. The Catalan radio and TV station RTV Cardedeu near Barcelona, Spain, will host the second training with radio journalist Bianca Miglioretto, whereas the intercultural centre Fondazione Mondinsieme in Reggio Emilia, Italy, will close the circle with Refugee Radio Network founder Larry Macaulay. Due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, CMFE and its partners have devised a training format composed of online and on-site elements. Training participants and local mentors will work together at the chosen locations, while the international trainers will join via online sessions. We are also inviting the authors of the New Neighbours fact sheets on media and migration to present their research from the three countries and moderate a session on the topic of intercultural integration. Finally, a special focus on changing the narrative on refugees and women will come via a session with Auriane Itangishaka, anchor of VOA Africa Our Voices, a TV round table discussion program with a pan-African cast of four women.

Three training workshops are taking place in September and October in the framework of the EU-funded project New Neighbours. The CMFE workshops aim to empower more migrants and refugees, women in particular, to produce their own media contents on community media. Tools and techniques for multilingual broadcasting (using more than one language within the same program) will be a core element of the trainings, referring to materials developed by community radios and training institutions in the past fifteen years.

CMFE is working with three local partners in Italy, Slovenia and Spain who wish to strengthen the role of intercultural broadcasting in their organisations. The workshops will focus on core competencies such as presentation and interviewing but also on workable methodologies for creating intercultural programming teams and motivating volunteers from migrant communities. 

The first training will take place at Radio Student in Ljubljana, Slovenia, one of the oldest community radio stations in Europe, with Birgitte Jallov, founder of Empowerhouse and CMFE President. The Catalan radio and TV station RTV Cardedeu near Barcelona, Spain, will host the second training with radio journalist Bianca Miglioretto, whereas the intercultural centre Fondazione Mondinsieme in Reggio Emilia, Italy, will close the circle with Refugee Radio Network founder Larry Macaulay. Due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, CMFE and its partners have devised a training format composed of online and on-site elements. Training participants and local mentors will work together at the chosen locations, while the international trainers will join via online sessions.

We are also inviting the authors of the New Neighbours fact sheets on media and migration to present their research from the three countries and moderate a session on the topic of intercultural integration.

Finally, a special focus on changing the narrative on refugees and women will come via a session with Auriane Itangishaka, anchor of VOA Africa Our Voices, a TV round table discussion program with a pan-African cast of four women.

Italian campaign challenges prejudices on migrants through satire

Italian campaign challenges prejudices on migrants through satire Olu Gi New Neighbours

Have you ever heard or read one the following statements? 

They steal our jobs

They are invading us

It will cost us a lot of money

They have more rights than me

They are all terrorists

This is a selection of the commonplaces built around migrants and the general migration topics. They are widely unmotivated, undocumented phrases but they still find place in our conversations. And who’s to blame: the word of mouth? the distorted communication of mass media? the popular culture? 

Satire to Campaign Against Prejudices on Migrants

Dario Campagna doesn’t try to point fingers. Instead, he is exposing the public attitude towards migrants and racial minorities in Italy through satire. He recently signed “Olu Gi”, a series of eight illustrated plates that dig and target stereotypes linked to the perception of diversity.

​Dario Campagna was born in the ’80s in Southern Italy city of Palermo. He is an illustrator and a journalist. He has produced comic strips, illustrations, stories and graphic reportages for international organisations such as Greenpeace, WWF, as well as Italian publishing houses Mondadori and BeccoGiallo, and news outlets.

“​I’ve been asked to dedicate myself to a current topic that is very relevant to us,” Campagna says. 

He added: “In my comics, we aim to go beyond the stereotype that pigeonholes migrants with no way out. 

It’s important to stress that they are people before labels.” 

 

Italian campaign challenges prejudices on migrants through satire Olu Gi New Neighbours

“Olu Gi” Gives Voice to Migrants to Challenge Stereotypes

“Olu Gi” means “your voice” in Igbo, one of the most widespread languages ​​in Africa. “Olu Gi” is also the name of the campaign created by HRYO (Human Rights Youth Organization), a Palermo-based organisation that promotes and defends human rights at a local and international level. 

The campaign is part of the larger New Neighbors project, founded by the European Commission to promote intercultural media spaces. In this light, “Olu Gi” addresses the common narratives relative to the image of migrants through the provocative signature of the cartoonist Dario Campagna.

Eight prickly, grotesque, often caustic caricatures plates were published weekly to target stereotypes. These are nor supposed or heard from but are the direct narrations of migrants. As part of the campaign several migrants were interviewed. 

Something that emerged, especially during the pandemic, is stereotyping connected with narratives of pity and ‘dependency culture’. Organisations (composed of Italians) which offer support and assistance to migrants rarely give free reign to community work initiatives by organisations run by migrants. This strengthens the way in which foreigners are perceived by Italians, that is: “they believe that we depend on their aid and that we are unable to organise ourselves”. 

Migrants were invited to share their stories for the campaign. It is from these stories that many prejudices originate and are nurtured from a stereotyped idea of ​​the concepts of care, assistance and dependence.

Through the tool of satire, the “Olu Gi” campaign opens a space for reflection and dialogue around the existing models of integration of migrants into society, leading the public in a journey through truthful and unsettling cartoons, trusting in the strength of laughter to bury any prejudice. The campaign is supported by the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund of the European Union. 

To watch the eight plates click here

Do you speak Czech?

Do you speak Czech?

What is it like to move to a different country as a teenager, without speaking the local language? How does it feel to leave your children behind and go abroad to find work? And how precious is it to meet a friendly neighbour with whom to share coffee and cake from time to time? The film “Czech Lessons” by Czech Televisa and EBU Intercultural and Diversity Group takes us into the home and lives of a Bulgarian family living in Prague, gracefully portraying the different coming-of-age paths of two siblings.

Whereas Aleksandra is young enough to quickly learn the new language and successfully integrate in school, her sister Martina is at a delicate crossroads, longing for home and confronting her parents with a defiant “I don’t know!” when asked about her future plans. Martina attends the Bulgarian high school and is having difficulties learning Czech, her sister however hopes she will not go back to Bulgaria. Luckily their mother has found in Dita, an artist and musician, a warm-hearted neighbour. Štěpán, Dita’s son, is Aleksandra’s best friend and together they want to change the world – or at least their world, inviting the other, very reserved neighbours to a house party… 

The strength and beauty of the New Neighbours series is that from Belgium to the south of Italy, not only film language, but stories of old and new neighbours differ. The Czech television team wanted to show as accurate a picture of their country as possible, so they found new neighbours in a Bulgarian family. Barbora Svobodova, Czech Televisa’s producer: “I’ve been working on the second season of New Neighbours. It’s a great experience as well as certainly a more complicated production because it’s an international project. What I found most interesting was meeting colleagues from other TVs within the EBU, sharing experiences with them and finding out that we had struggled with similar difficulties. Also, an interesting part of this production was to experience conditions of a ‘EU-funded project’ and to be part of a bigger group with civil society organizations and community media”.

You can watch “Czech Lessons” subtitled in English here. All nine films are being made available one after another via www.newneighbours.eu

Is there Hope for ‘Hope House’?

is there hope for hope house croatian documentary new neighbours

Good intentions are not enough to conquer fear and prejudice. This is the bitter morale of “Hope House”, the Croatian documentary by HRT and the EBU Intercultural and Diversity Group part of the New Neighbours series. Whereas Mihal Kreko, a Baptist pastor actively involved in solidarity initiatives, believes that “integration is a two-way street”, local residents are against the project of turning an abandoned building into a community centre for refugees. Clearly distinct world views clash during an attempted neighbourhood mediation – on one side the real-life testimonies of ‘well integrated’ asylum status holders, on the other a strong distrust in “cultures and religions radically different from ours”.

What is most striking is how individual encounters and mutual acceptance are not sufficient to convince residents of the value of providing fast support to asylum holders through language and citizenship education. HRT’s team followed events as they unfolded: the renovation was stopped, and the future of the House is uncertain. 

Award-winning director and cinematographer Nebojsa Slijepcevic, HRT’s senior editor and producer Daniela Drastata and production manager Ana Saronja decided to tackle the hottest immigration topic in Zagreb – the case of Hope House – to showcase the complexity of integration.

Following protagonists for a long period of time, getting them to say things they usually hide, achieving that fine balance between facts and emotions that television produces; those were the demands the authors had to meet.”, comments Daniela Drastata, who is also the executive co-producer of the entire New Neighbours series.

You can watch “Hope House” subtitled in English here. All nine films are being made available one after another via www.newneighbours.eu

For better, for worse, in sickness and in health

For better, for worse, in sickness and in health The Flat New Neighbours

Filmed in 2019 well before the COVID emergency, the documentary film “The Flat” by NTR and the EBU Intercultural and Diversity Group is a lesson in solidarity and support between neighbours – old and new. We can’t help but wonder what has happened to the individuals and families portrayed in the film, many already struggling with complicated situations or special needs. But we can all learn from Evert, one of the protagonists, who is confined to a wheelchair and dependent on the help of others: “The most important thing is to make your life matter. Not just to yourself, but to others too.” 

The apartment building of the Dutch New Neighbours documentary is located in a small town near The Hague. People from different cultures and religions try to find ways to help each other, and in this challenge are being assisted by a coach. The “flat coach” knows everyone in the building and works as a mediator and facilitator of new networks and contacts – be it for a weekly coffee get-together, a language tandem or the lifesaving help that Evert needs. 

Frans Jennekens, New Neighbours Executive Co-Producer and a pioneer of inclusion and diversity in Dutch and European public service media, comments: “(…) This complicated process of integration, of withdrawal and acceptance, is filmed within the microcosmos of ordinary people, in ordinary houses in ordinary streets. I hope the series will give an insight that will be recognized by many viewers.” 

The Flat” is ultimately a reminder of why human beings have mostly chosen to live in communities and of what constitutes the quality of meaningful relationships – for better, for worse, in sickness and in health. 

You can watch “The Flat” subtitled in English here. All nine films are being made available one after another via www.newneighbours.eu

Building Bridges – Across Soundproof Walls

Building bridges across soundproof walls new neighbours documentary

In a changing neighbourhood near Barcelona, locals and newcomers are navigating cultural and religious differences. “There are few of us left, born and raised here”, comments a shopkeeper in the documentary film by RTVE and the EBU Intercultural and Diversity Group. A comment we hear over and over in many European cities, though not often followed by the remark “Yes, people have changed, but in the end, they are not so different”, as Miguel says in “On the Other Side”.  

Initially, Miguel was not enthusiastic about his new neighbours – he lives next door to the mosque of the Islamic centre “Camí de la Pau” and for months he was calling the police to complain about the noise coming from the main prayer room. Two years later, with the dividing wall made soundproof, relations have evolved to a respectful and careful coexistence. 

Saima, one of the most active Pakistani women in the centre, also had to discover how to live between cultures and build a new sense of home. Together with other neighbours committed to intercultural and interreligious dialogue, she engages to open the doors of the mosque and make Iftar a neighbourhood celebration.  

You can watch “On the Other Side subtitled in English here. All nine films are being made available one after another via www.newneighbours.eu 

NEW NEIGHBOURS shows us that women can change the world

After the South of Italy, Germany and Slovenia, the New Neighbours journey takes us to Belgium with “Danielle’s Choice”. Belgian film director Safia Kessas followed an extraordinary woman who opened her house to refugees. Why Danielle?

“Because despite obstacles, she follows her choices to the end, she is an active citizen who resists”, says Safia.

Danielle – because the most welcoming people are women and in Europe they are the ones we see on the screen the least. Danielle – because she is a strong, courageous and determined woman who shows us the human face of migration.

Co-produced by the EBU Intercultural and Diversity Group and RTBF, the documentary tells her story as she joins a platform of volunteers helping new refugees find accommodation and get on their feet. But in the process, Danielle’s own family is left feeling forgotten. How can she reconcile her need to be a part of her own family, while creating a new one?

Danielle’s Choice had its premiere at the Centre for Fine Arts Bozar in Brussels on the occasion of the World TV day in November 2019. After the festival “Elles tournent” in January and the “Millenium” festival in March, the film was selected in April of this year for the ONE Country ONE Film international film festival as the only representative for Belgium in the short film category. Each year, one country is honoured, and several films are selected from that country. Since its creation in 2010, ONE Country ONE Film has selected 111 countries.

You can watch “Danielle’s Choice” subtitled in English here. All nine films are being made available one after another via www.newneighbours.eu

As our world seems to be falling apart, NEW NEIGHBOURS urges us to move “One Step Closer”

As our world seems to be falling apart, NEW NEIGHBOURS urges us to move “One Step Closer”

One Step Closer”, the third episode of the New Neighbours film series to be released online, holds a small surprise and teaches us that happiness can take a long and winding road, even if you’ve never left your home country. Co-produced by the EBU Intercultural and Diversity Group and RTV Slovenia, the documentary follows a Kurdish family of six in their encounters with the new Slovenian neighbours.

According to the film director Jernej Kastelec: “We get the impression that the locals and the newcomers don’t have much reservations or prejudice, but also that neither of them needs closer contacts. To leave the safety of their inner social circle and make an effort to make new acquaintances – this was a challenge for the neighbours from both sides of the fence, and for us of course!

The Hasan Khalils had a good life in Syria. Romat was a childcare worker and her husband Ismail was a tailor. When the war broke out, they had to flee with their two children to save their lives. They left everything behind: their family, house, friends…  They have been on a journey without a known destination for eight years – Iraq, Turkey, Greece. During that time, two other sons were born. They have lived in Slovenia for the past three years and built their new lives there. 

Their Slovenian neighbour, Zinka, explains that many people from the city have moved to the village in recent years. She tells us that they have no problems with the new Syrian neighbours. She confirms that they don’t know each other and have only fleeting encounters. This can stay unchanged for an unknown period of time, since Slovenes mostly don’t establish more profound ties with neighbours. But Zinka has a story of her own to tell…

You can watch “One Step Closer” subtitled in English here. All nine films are being made available one after another via www.newneighbours.eu 

From Damascus to Berlin, NEW NEIGHBOURS documents an extraordinary friendship

Across the road worlds apart New Neighbours Documentary

The New Neighbours journey takes us from the ghost town of Sutera, Sicily, to the metropolis of Berlin and its new Syrian residents. “Across the Road – Worlds Apart” by EBU-DW pays tribute to the unforgettable life of Eva Sternheim-Peters and documents her friendship with Syrian refugee Amer Kassab. 

At the age of ten Mrs Sternheim-Peters joined the league of German Girls, the girl’s wing of the Nazi party’s youth movement. She afterwards recognised the horror of the movement and spent her life welcoming people from all around the world in her apartment. Her last “roommate” was Syrian refugee Amer Kassab. The film follows Amer as he visits a German pub frequented by local regulars opposing Muslim newcomers. Will the encounter with Amer shift their views?

Dasa Raimanova, film director, recounts a memorable moment of the shooting:

During a severe heat wave in Berlin, together with our protagonists, Eva (94) and Amer (27), we visited the concentration camp Sachsenhausen. It was a harrowing experience, difficult to describe in words. While we were mostly worried about Eva managing in the heat, quite the opposite happened: Amer and the crew were melting while Eva kept going without complaining even once about the heat.

“Across the Road – Worlds Apart” had its premiere at the Centre for Fine Arts Bozar in Brussels on the occasion of the World TV day in November 2019. It is one of nine documentary films exploring real stories of daily life in an intercultural European Union, co-produced by the EBU Intercultural and Diversity Group within the project New Neighbours. 

Eva Sternheim-Peters died in 2020 as one of the victims of the corona virus pandemic in Germany. The co-production team of the New Neighbours series is proud and grateful to have  managed to capture part of Eva’s life on camera.

You can watch “Across the Road – Worlds Apart” subtitled in English here. All nine films are being made available one after another via www.newneighbours.eu 

The NEW NEIGHBOURS film journey starts in Sutera

in the ghost town new neighbours documentary sutera italy migrants

The first of nine documentary films exploring real stories of daily life in an intercultural European Union launches today on the New Neighbours website. Co-produced by RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana and the EBU Intercultural and Diversity Group, “In the Ghost Town” follows John and his family who arrive to Sicily from Nigeria and meet their local neighbour Franco. Their fragile relationship reveals how meeting one other is always the first step in breaking prejudices.

Situated at the foot of a mountain, Sutera in Sicily has no more than 1000 inhabitants, mostly elderly. Life in Sutera is tough: there are no jobs. And like many Sicilian towns, Sutera is a doorway and a gate to Europe for people who come from Africa. In 2013, after one of the deadliest migrant tragedies, Sutera’s municipality was asked to bury almost 400 victims. But Sutera’s cemetery was full, so the Major of the village decided to do something crucial for the living. Sutera became a new home of the survivors.

New Neighbours is the most recent piece in a puzzle of European projects and efforts carried out by leading international and national media and civil society organisations to promote responsible journalism and respectful dialogue amongst all members of society. Led by the European Broadcasting Union, the 24-month project runs until the end of 2020 and has produced the third edition of the documentary film series New Neighbours, involving 9 European Public Service Broadcasters from Croatia, Germany, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium, Spain and Portugal. The films explore real stories of new encounters between ‘locals’ and ‘newly arrived’ citizens, showing the complexities and richness of intercultural integration processes. In the development of the series, the broadcasters cooperated with local civil society and community media organisations in order to explore creative angles and ideas.

According to RAI’s chief editor and scriptwriter Daniela Attilini,

«New Neighbours is an incredible experience. Not only for the meaning of the documentary but also because co-productions are the future. I think that we must work together. To be European means to be a team, with all the differences and richness that it entails.»

You can watch “In the Ghost Town” subtitled in English here. All nine films will be made available one after another via www.newneighbours.eu

“In the Ghost Town” premiered on RAI3 on December 25, 2019, followed by three other episodes of the New Neighbours series. Residents of Italy can access episodes with Italian subtitles via RaiPlay at this link.

In a climate of increasing populism and disinformation, New Neighbours is collecting good practice and success stories on how to provide factual information on migration, as well as promoting direct participation of migrants and refugees in media production.

Alongside the PSM film productions, which build the heart of the New Neighbours project, a series of complementary productions, trainings and research activities are taking place, under the responsibility of the project partners CMFE – Community Media Forum Europe, COMMIT, COSPE Onlus and MDI – Media Diversity Institute.

New Neighbours is funded by the European Union’s Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and by the U.S. Agency for Global Media.