#elgoogo project – Waiting for the (t)rain

Poster Waiting for the (t)rain Synopsis: A small village lost in a dusty desert in Burkina's bush where two times a week a train passes. Various food items and water bottles thrown by the passengers while passing by constitute the main income of the village, and the only source of water during dry season. Different portraits follow each individuals of the village. The older ones have known slavery in the service of France, the young dream of distant horizons. Trailer Food for thought... This short but fascinating documentary has become another one of my favourites. The documentary shows numerous personal life stories where the individuals are all faced with the same limitation. It is beautiful to see and learn the differing thoughts and principles that guide all the individuals and help them overcome this limitation. This is an incredible documentary in the way it showcases the feelings of hope, anger, sympathy and empathy. As always, don't forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Let's unite and #establishties.
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#elgoogo project – Interviewing Gianni Massironi

13529036_1229427420423175_7110364227818259595_n On the 16th November I had the privilege to sit and have a very interesting discussion with the film director and producer Gianni Massironi. His notable work includes directing and producing many films and documentaries for the Italian television RAI. Mr Massironi has also worked with some of the most celebrated Italian directors such as Michelangelo Antonioni and Mark Peploe. I was honoured to meet with him to find out the role the media, including cinema and television, plays in the issue of hate speech. On asking Mr Massironi of his insight on hate speech, he firstly said that we must understand that media always transmits a point of view. The viewer must be aware that there is always an agenda behind any information broadcasted on newspapers, television and on the web. People can be manipulated on any platform and the exponential growth of hate speech on social platforms is an alarming example of the power of the media. Thanks to his experience and expertise of audio-visual means, he discussed an original approach that viewers can use to protect themselves from the manipulation of the media. This approach requires viewers to learn how to use their own special and personal ‘spectacles’ when absorbing information. He went to add that, as there are numerous ways in which audience can be controlled, it is very complex and difficult to pin point exactly where the problem of fake news and hate speech starts. Gianni Massironi, talking as a film director, proposed the paradox that we live in a permanent state of a ‘Truman show’ where the audience is the cast that is not faced with the real problems of the society. He emphasised that the media should be honest and should declare what they are trying to portray, but this is just a dream. It is common for media outlets to promote distortions and highlight specific scandalous aspects of stories to succeed in their aim of reaching a big audience. As a result, this behaviour enhances and promotes hate speech instead of tackling it. Showing bad practices and focusing on hate speech represent ways of exalting and glorifying unlawful acts which can invite and encourage individuals to imitate such crimes. He also mentioned the big problem created by classifying groups of people that then become stereotypes and consequently victims of hate speech. In addressing this problem, Mr Massironi, through an example, recommended how the media could dismantle stereotypes and, at the same time, suggest good behaviour to the crowd. The example is: imagine that an individual made a discriminatory remark about disabled people. This remark could result in violence and break communities. The media should not promote it, but should offer a positive vision of the victims, like producing a short video clip made by the disabled people. This would show that, even with their struggles, they can laugh and have fun and they also can be as creative as any other human being. This would be a counter speech! However, he highlighted that this rarely happens; yet it is common to see the focus on negative news to grab attention. What I learnt from this conversation is that it is extremely important to be aware of our own point of view when we are absorbing information from media platforms. We have to decide what ‘spectacles’ we are going to use ourselves, so we do not fall into the trap. As the saying goes, we must take everything with a ‘pinch of salt’!
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#elgoogo project – I Comme Iran

I comme iran Synopsis In Brussels, behind the closed doors of a classroom, using a textbook dating from the Islamic Revolution, a filmmaker learns how to read and write in Persian, her mother tongue. Over the course of the lessons, the teacher introduces the basics of the Persian language, which becomes a gateway to the history and culture of Iran. Gradually, the didactic method of the lessons evolves into a poetic, visual collage, which introduces the notion of freedom and questions the meaning of a revolution. Trailer Facebook Food for thought... This is another great documentary to watch. I liked that the documentary is filmed from a subjective angle of the camera; this puts us in the student's shoes, who is learning her mother tongue. We learn through her about the Islamic Revolution and at times feel her remorse and nostalgia. It's another captivating documentary in this genre. As always, don't forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Lets untie and #establishties.
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#elgoogo project – The Free Voice of Egypt. Nawal El Saadawi

the free voice Synopsis: Nawal El Saadawi is a well-known writer, feminist and psychiatric doctor. The documentary charts the most important stages in the life of this extraordinary woman – a woman who risked her life for her convictions more than once, a woman who never gave up her mission despite death threats from fundamentalists and unspeakable conditions at the women's prison under President Sadat. Nawal El Saadawi's biography encompasses more than eight decades of contemporary Egyptian history as experienced from a female perspective. Trailer Food for thought... The documentary contains original quotations from Nawal El Saadawi's autobiographical works. It's woven in the documentary to create a vivid and dramatic interplay between the past and the present. It also highlight's Nawal El Saadawi's striking biography, which has outlived so many social and political ruptures. The documentary indicates that it is not just a matter of one woman's life. This is the reality of life as experienced by millions of women under masculine authority. Here is a quote that stuck with me from the documentary: "If your husband has a bad day, he will go home and beat his wife. If he is annoyed with his children, he will go and beat his wife. Everything is blamed on women. Everything" As always, don't forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Lets untie and #establishties.
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#elogoogo project – Destination de Dieu

destination de dieu Synopsis: During the harvesting season of tomatoes, thousands of people looking for a job flow into the fields of Capitanata, in the north of Puglia, finding shelter in inhabited country cottages or in shacks made of wood and cardboard. Most of them are Africans. Many of them come from the north of Italy where many companies are closing because of the economic crisis, others are refugees who left Libya in 2011 and passed through Lampedusa experiencing the Italian reception system. "Destination de dieu" is a participatory documentary, an inclusive and collaborative process that engaged the community in designing its own story. The film was shot inside an Italian slum called "Le Grand Ghetto", the black city of Puglia. Trailer Facebook Food for thought... The documentary sheds light to the terrible work and living conditions faced by individuals, which include refugees from Africa. It's a short but powerful documentary that must be watched. "We're not treated like people any more" As always, don't forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Let's unite and #establishties.
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#elgoogo project – Cantonese Rice

Synopsis: My eyes may have the Chinese slant, but I speak French, not Chinese. My Cantonese grandmother loves French cheese but not the language. We both live in Paris. Our mutual interpreter is my oft-reluctant father. And so I set out to meet other Chinese immigrants – people of different languages and backgrounds. It has allowed to me to give some sense to being deprived of my father's mother tongue. Trailer Food for thought... This documentary is shows the adaptation, to France in this case, seen through the slit eyes of a star who does not speak Chinese. It is all in the form of an essay that has no lacking of humour and its great parody: how to find the country of origin through fellow immigrants. It's a great documentary. As always, don't forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Lets untie and #establishties.
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#elogoogo project – Almost friends

almost friends Synopsis Two girls meet online through an educational project. Samar, 12, has an Arab Israeli mother and a Palestinian father from the occupied Territories. She lives in Lod, a mixed city marred by poverty and crime. Linor, 11, was born in Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip but now lives in Tlamim, a religious settlement in a vast national, cultural and ideological abyss. As participants in a program combining to-face adds an exciting, tense and often surprising component to the girls' lives, sweeping them and their families into a profound and complex experience. Trailer Website Food for thought... The documentary tells a simple story, yet it includes large political and emotional insights. It's a personal story, told through the simplicity of these children's lives, however, we do see them grow up just a little as they form their views on these new issues on race, prejudice, friendship, and humanity that has entered their lives. Despite the on-screen happiness, it's a story tinged with sadness, due to the perpetuating discrimination that is unfortunately evident in the culture. This film has been produced to bring viewers through an emotional experience of a political debate, one that has strong humanist values and one that will hopefully shift people's opinions to be more inclusive towards others. As always, don't forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Let's unite and #establishties.
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#elgoogo project – Arabic movie

15 Synopsis: When Egypt was Israel's biggest enemy, an Egyptian film was screened weekly on the Israeli TV quickly becoming a ritual which people are still nostalgic about. Nobody ever wonder why Israeli TV insisted on showing movies made by "the enemy" and how they arrived to the Israeli TV. Though these films let us catch a glimpse at our neighbours across the border, most of us didn't really want to see those people. "Arabic Movie" brings us to a fleeting moment, when we shared the same cultural heroes as everyone else in the Middle East. Trailer Facebook Food for thought This unexpected documentary brings the stories and takes us directly into living rooms brimming with nostalgia. It traces how Israelis became devoted fans of Egyptian movies as a window into a world that most failed to see and understand. "I cant live without watching these films, they're part of my life" As always, don't forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Lets untie and #establishties
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#elgoogo project – My Enemy My Brother

my enemy Synopsis: My Enemy, My Brother is the real life story about two former enemies who become blood brothers for life: Zahed Haftlang was an Iranian boy who ran away from home to join the army. Najah Aboud was a 19-year old Iraqi who had been conscripted to fight in the war, leaving behind his wife and son. Both men fought in the Iran-Iraq war where Zahed finds Najah injured in a bunker and decides to risk his own life to save him. Zahed kept Najah alive for days, after which Najah was finally taken as a prisoner of war. Their lives diverge and they don't see nor hear of one another for 20 years until one day they meet by sheer coincidence in Vancouver. Trailer Watch it here Facebook Food For Thought This is another very powerful story that left me with tears. The director has beautifully created a meaningful portrait of what it means be a human in war. This documentary transcends the cascade of often negative news coverage coming out of the Middle East. Against the backdrop of conflict in the region, the story of Najah and Zahed is a surprising affirmation of humanity that cuts through political borders. As always, don't forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Lets untie and #establishties.
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#elgoogo project – Good Practises for the Web

Here are a few good practices for all of us that use the Internet 1. Report offending content to the platform provider 2. Be mindful of what you share and say online 3. Share and spread knowledge e.g. positive documentaries or news articles 4. Raise awareness and encourage others to raise awareness on the importance of positive speech 5. Get involved in counter speech initiatives. There are numerous websites and competitions that are looking for counter speech campaigns such as: https://www.facebook.com/business/m/create-against-hate Websites to check outhttps://www.standupeducation.orghttp://www.nohatespeechmovement.org • If you want to create a counter speech and you want ideas, check this website: https://www.coe.int/en/web/no-hate-campaign/we-can-alternatives
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