by Sina Gösele
Last week, 16 students of the Umea School of Architecture in Sweden travelled to North Greece in order to realize a shelter project as part of their Master’s program LiAi (Laboratory of Immediate Architectural Intervention). The house is located close to Kapnofito and once finished, it serves as a shelter for scientists who explore the exceptional caves in the region.
Réalisateur : Jonas Carpignano
Durée : 1h50min
Titre : MEDITERRANEA
Originaire du Burkina-Faso notre ''héros'' Ayvia obliger de payer des passeurs pour partir de sont pays mais laissant derrière lui femme et enfant nous embarque dans sont ''voyage/immigration''. Direction L'Italie et la ville de Rosarno ou il espèrent travailler,avoir un logement confortable pour cela il devra traverser un périlleux désert ainsi que passé par L’Algérie et la Libye. La mer sera un de ses nombreux défi ainsi que celui de nombreux migrant. entassé dans un canoë les un sur les autres il espèrent avoir une vie meilleur logement,travail ect il lutteras grace a son caractére et son ambition mais la tache ne sera pas chose facile malgré cela Ayvia obliger de voler une valise contenant des vêtements pour se tenir chaud car oui les nuits sont froide et périlleuse dans les camps de réfugié a part un feu il n'y a pas d'autres moyen de se réchauffer . Ayvia obtiendra finalement du travail.
La bande son du film nous plonge à merveille dans l'histoire de Ayvia et ses compères il nous montre la difficulté que rencontre énormement de migrant en partant de leur pays et en fuiant les guerres,la misére chez eux a voir absolument.
Wednesday 11th November – Thessaloniki International Film Festival – 11 am – Three French European volunteers reach to the press office. Big bags on their back, and their sunglasses pulled up on their head, they look like tourists, but no. Everything is not what it seems: They ask to have their ten free places and the film festival program as journalists. Close to the end, they have to make a judicious selection in order to watch the most interesting movies they don’t want to miss. Only helped by the movie trailers and their summaries, the surprise in front of the screen could be unexpected… The three volunteer journalists did not know yet they will have feelings about their both first movies.
First, “Babai” by Visar Morina (2015). “Mediterranea” by Jonas Carpignano (2015) for the second. Both are about the migrant crisis, the first dramatize a father and his son living in a contested Balkan country, Kosovo, while the second concerns African men from Burkina Faso.
Across the movies, we understand the migrants’ motivations and we learn the sad reality when these people arrive in our country. Indeed, in our global economic context, the modern social model is exported and seems to be the paradise for people around the world. In both movies, the characters want to leave their country to live the “Occidental dream” - as we can say the American Dream. By this representation, we promise them a better life, with a better job, more security, equality, and material comfort. In “Mediterranea”, Ayiva (Koudous Seihon), one of the principal character, has a contact in Italy who promises him a good compensated job. His friend, who comes with him to Italy, is more interested by the social and free life showed by social networks. They decide to leave their country, letting behind their daughters, sisters, friends and customs for the “modern” life.
Unfortunately, the Occidental countries and their shinning symbol blind everybody, as well the people who want to come than the people inside this countries. Actually, the migrants’ integration isn’t acquired. And the stages to have a stable life are long and exhausting. “Babai” gives an overview on the situation of asylum seekers. In “Mediterranea”, we see how the migrants are utilized by the economic system to have a cheap workforce. In these countries, where the money is essential to exist and because of the difficulty to have serious job, the characters are forced to find unreasonable solutions – Stealing, prostitution, illegal selling.
We are shocked to understand how misery and money cause violence and inhumanity. And we are miserable to become aware of this situation without way-out, almost inevitable.
In “Babai”, we follow ten-year old Nori, who is determinate to join his father already left to Germany. A determination which will cost him a head fracture, punches, and a macabre crossing... The movie finishes with an unpleasant scene which demonstrates an interminable escape. In “Mediterranea”, we believe on the Ayiva’s wishes and on his success but his migrant status prevent him to become what he hoped. One of the last scene is unexpected but get us understanding about the revolt’s behavior.
10pm – Cinema John Cassavettes – The three French volunteers – and journalists for the Praxis association and Rodon fm Radio – leave the venue, the brain shacked and the feeling to drop everything in order to act for these causes. Make something in our European countries to help this kind of people. Alright. But. Above all. Stop the European propaganda make on the social modern model. Stop the morbid exploitation. Think every countries, every societies, and every riches.
The volunteers talked about the different definitions of fascism during their podcast on RodonFM on 9th November. Listen to it and learn the difference between fasiscm and racism, what the German movie "The Wave" is about and also the history of Antisemitism and Antisemitism today!
To read the articles the volunteers wrote choose "Antifascism Day" in the categories on the right or, even more easy, click here.
Find further information about this important day on the campaign site!
For the pleasure of our eyes, mind, and curiosity, the film festival of Thessaloniki exist since 1992. This big event takes place in the wonderful area of Aristotelous square and the old port. Two beautiful sets which suit very well to the topic.
For the 56th edition, the festival is from the 6th to the 15th of november, which let us the time to discover many different movies and to enjoy these different atmospheres of the seventh art. What offer the film festival is the possibility to watch movies from not very known filmmakers : for almost the majority, they were auteur films. This allowed us to discover the cinema of very new talents. It is also the opportunity for greek people as foreigners to enjoy cinema from all over the world, with specific categories for balkans and greek movies.
Now, let's deal with our concrete experience, inside the projection rooms !
On Monday the 16th November, the world celebrates International Day of Tolerance. However, intolerance is still a widespread phenomenon and it is our task to change that. Here are 5 things we have to take into account when fighting intolerance:
Es ist eine heikle Angelegenheit über den Israel-Palästina-Konflikt zu schreiben und allen gerecht zu werden, objektiv zu urteilen und niemanden auf die Füße zu treten. Wir haben in der Schule lange und intensiv über das Thema diskutiert, abgewägt und trotzdem fühle ich mich nicht richtig qualifiziert einen Artikel über den Antisemitismus von manchen pro-palästinischen Muslimen zu schreiben. Aber da ich jetzt schon hier bin und du das liest, ziehen wir das durch, denn es ist wichtig zu wissen, dass Antisemitismus nicht der Vergangenheit angehört und nicht den Nationalsozialisten vorbehalten ist.
Im Sommer 2014 gingen pro-palästinische Demonstranten auf die Straße und nutzten den Gaza-Konflikt um gegen Juden zu hetzen. Außerdem wurden 850 antisemitische Straftaten, wie Brandanschläge auf Synagogen, Entfernung von Stolpersteinen und Pöbeleien, registriert. 50 davon wurden von propalästinischen Tätern begangen. In bestimmten Stadtteilen Berlins ist es nicht zu empfehlen eine Kippa zu tragen. Beim Pariser Charlie Hebdo Attentat kamen vier Geiseln um, weil sie im Supermarkt im jüdischen Viertel waren. Im Mai 2014 starben vier Menschen in Belgien im Jüdischen Museum bei einem islamistischen Attentat.
The Holocaust is one of the darkest chapters in all human history, and it is essential to understand the mechanisms of discrimination that led to such a devastating event, in order to not let it happen again.
Recently, Holocaust education has shifted to a more personal approach in many countries in Europe. This approach attempts to place the individuals at the center of our understanding of history. By using personal stories, a more human insight can be achieved, often making young people particularly struck by the fact that so many people allowed this, or can allow any genocide, failing to either resist or protest.
Such terrible things did not started with deportations and concentration camps, but developed step by step. Looking at tendencies in modern Europe, we must be aware that history can be repeated and the Holocaust happened with the silent acceptance and support of the broad majority.
The movie The Wave, directed by Dennis Gansel and based on Ron Jone's social experiment The Third Wave, is a very good exemple of how fascism and things as Holocaust situation could happen again.
The movie takes place in a german high school. During one week of workshops about different subjects, one teacher learn to his students what is autocracy. The Holocaust subject come in their conversation, and students were convinced that something as the Holocaust couldn't happen again because they learnt to much about it. Here, the teacher started to settle a practical exercise : the creation of a small dictature, creating a new ideology, attracting more and more students in his group in order to show them that it's still very easy to fall into this bad situation.