IEU Cinema and Digital Media professors Aras Özgün and Deborah Hardt acted as workshop leaders at the Documentary Film Workshop at Bilkent University from the 20th to 22nd of December 2018. Titled “Tell me your story” and funded by the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey, the three days long workshop brought Syrian refugee youth with Bilkent University students.
The participants of the workshop used film production as a creative medium to tell their stories. The aim was to create a space to develop intercultural communication and a culture of tolerance among youth, and to contribute to the integration of Syrian refugee youth in society. It was an opportunity for Syrian refugee youth to tell their own stories from their own perspectives.
The films produced during the workshop were screened on December 23rd at Büyülü Fener movie theater in Ankara. Refugee youth and their families, Bilkent University professors and students, members of the European Union delegation attended the screening.