#elgoogo project – Prisons sisters

ballar Synopsis Prison Sisters takes us through the journey of two young women who have been released from prison in Afghanistan. Sara’s uncle has planned to kill her in an attempt to save his honour in their small village. Fearing for her life Sara escapes to Sweden, but Najibeh stays behind. While Sara struggles with her newfound freedom, her former prison-mate Najibeh disappears and soon Sara hears that she was stoned to death. Sara and the filmmaker want to find out the truth, only to encounter a maze of half- truths on the streets of Afghanistan. We follow the two main characters, revealing what happened to them - each with an exceptional fate depicting the horrific reality for women in Afghanistan. Trailer Food for thought… The documentary shows us the exceptional fate and the horrific reality that women in Afghanistan face. We witness the two main characters journey that is interwined with countless obstacles. We see the transformation in Sara from her previous life whilst living in Sweden waiting for her asylum papers. This includes her going to school and sitting in a classroom with both men and women and her going to a gay parade. Through these trivial events we see the formation of her new perspective. However, as the documentary progresses, questions arise concerning Sara’s new perspective and character which are part of her internal identity that she has discovered in Sweden, where society treats both men and women equally. The audience cannot help but think whether this new found perspective and change in Sara’s attitude is only due to her environment and her Afghani- Swedish friends who tell her how to stand up for herself. This becomes clearer when her husband arrives in Sweden. We see that although Sara was living her life according to her own beliefs and values, when her husband arrives she starts to apply the gender- constricting rules that were present in her previous life in Afghanistan. We see that these rules now extend beyond a country’s borders through her husband. The times when she spoke of going to school and dressing how she liked are gone. We see that she stops going to school, instead her husband starts his education and she starts wearing her traditional dress, which she opposed before the arrival of her husband. As always, don’t forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Lets unite and #establishties.
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#elgoogo project – Interviewing the criminologist Arije Antinori

WhatsApp Image 2017-12-20 at 19.04.20 1. From a criminologist point of view, what is your opinion/ insight on online hate speech? From a criminological perspective it is a serious problem because it can self- legitimate, motivate, inspire and trigger vulnerable people to be violent against the ‘Other’ who is considered as a ‘foreign object’ and is then rejected, attacked and at worst, killed. 2. As you may know that there is no global definition of speech. Do you think that not having a definition is problematic? If yes, in what way is it problematic? From a global perspective, in particular focusing on the Web, the lack of a global definition can weaken the mitigation strategies (goals, instruments, actions and plans). 3. Why do you think hate speech online has increasingly become a global problem? Because only a few years ago, the online hate speech was an isolated phenomenon relegated to extreme ideology of small groups. Nowadays, the development of mobile culture and the spread of fake news have transformed online hate speech into a more complex and threatening magnet for converging extremism, terrorism, populism movements, groups and individuals. 4. How do you think we can balance freedom of expression when it comes to hate speech? The concept of freedom of expression is based on the symmetric relationship between human beings. This includes a deep understanding and respect of the ‘Other’ dignity, identity and their borders. Hate speech, on the contrary, is based on the asymmetric relationship between human beings. Here an individual uses his dominant perspective whereby he does not respect the identity and borders because he wants to discriminate and oppress the ‘Other’. 5. How can we ensure that freedom of expression is not used to justify hateful speech? We must focus on the nature of the messages to always ensure the need of symmetric speech in terms of respect as a freedom key-factor. 6. Is there any solution to this problem? Any ideas on the best counter speech for this sort of problem? I suggest the use of a holistic, comprehensive and multilevel (cultural, social, collective, individual and political) approach to achieve the mitigation of hate speech, which I believe should be the long-term perspective/strategy of tackling hate speech. This strategy will dismantle the stereotypes in a glocal (global+local) dimension with its main aim to foster awareness, educate and create a culture of respect. 7. What would you say is the biggest challenge in implementing your counter speech campaign? It requires the need to be managed in a very effective way due to the (cyber-)social time factor especially in the Age of Post-Truth. 8. Do you think the use of regulations is an effective way to tackle this issue? Yes, I do. The legal framework is always relevant. Anyway, in a very pragmatic point of view, we cannot forget the huge problem of regulating the Web in respect of freedom of expression and human rights. 9. If yes, what do you think is the best way to implement policy? I think the best way is not just to focus on the current issues but to look at the evolution of hate speech scenario in the near future in terms of cybertrolling, persuasion, fake newsmaking, mainly to plan/act globally and strategically to develop, promote and foster long-term transgenerational education in every field (family, school, job, religion, sport, etc.). Prevention and mitigation are the key-words. Key words: • ‘Other’: other-than-self. Relating to the self-legitimation of a dominant-submissive relationship an asymmetric approach to people. • ‘Age of Post-Truth’: Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.
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#elgoogo project -I sign, I live

Synposis: Jascha is a deaf art student who does not care much about the hearing world, but he can not even avoid it if he wants to fulfill his ambitions. This makes him an insecure and rebellious person. Armed with a video camera, he visits the only European retirement home for deaf people to get to know their lives. Although the world of Jascha is very different, he tries to find answers to his questions in their stories. Watch the full film here Food for thought... The documentary shines a light on the lives of the deaf community. Its interesting to see the interviews with elderly people as we get a glimpse into a broad number of themes: deaf sports, not being allowed to use sign language with fellow students, life in a boarding school for deaf pupils, relationships and marriages with other deaf people, dancing and music and communication in the family. 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 – Sasha

cartell sasha bo Synopsis: Sasha is an 8-year-old boy who lives in Ukraine with his mother and five more siblings. They survive in misery and squalor, in an environment made even harder due to the armed conflict with Russia. Sasha flees this situation and arrives in Catalonia to live with a local family. What he will find out, who he will meet, how he will be affected and how he will live are questions that will arise all throughout the film. Trailer Food for thought... The documentary is very well done and one which contradicts my predictions from the very first few scenes. We see that despite Sasha's current living situation, he seems immune to his poverty stricken environment. It seems that this environment does not affect the serenity of Sasha and the unity of the family. We see him playing by the river with his brothers and enjoying their adventures, which include climbing trees and trying to put a living snake in a plastic bottle. In short Sasha laughs and lives life like a child of his age should. However, when he goes to live with his host family in Catalonia, we hear glimpses of his violent life at home and some of the hardships he faces. We see how his life in Ukraine and his life in Catalonia contradict each other: in Catalonia Sasha can probably have a good life and future, in Ukraine, on the contrary, his life and future could not easy. 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 – Hacia una primavera rosa

hacia una ptimavera Synopsis: Young members of the Arab LGBT community have to live clandestinely. They feel frustrated after the Arab Spring, so will be a moment of a pink spring? Trailer Food for thought... La Primavera Rosa is a series of documentaries that gathers the geographic and thematic plurality of the problems of the LGBT community in the world, adapting to the particular situation of each country. Taking as reference the events that arose in 2010 with the Arab democratic revolution, the first episode Towards a Pink Spring was born, as a metaphor of those revolts that marked the recent current history in a public or latent way. It makes an X-ray in documentary format of societies that, under different cultural frameworks, have a common goal: the struggle for Human Rights and a cry for sexual freedom. 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 Générose Musemena

costantini Elgoog_no loghi Here is a short question and answer with Ms Générose Musemena, a 21 years old with a masters in Strategic Management from Rotterdam School of Management. The aim was to find out how some Millennials use the Internet and their viewpoint on online hate speech. 1. Everyday how much time do you spend on the Internet? Everyday, I spend a maximum of 5 hours on the Internet 2. What do you use the Internet for? I use the Internet to watch series and movies, listen to music but also to stay up to date with international news. 3. Why do you think hate speech online is increasingly becoming a global problem? Because people all around the world are sad and need to find ways to spread their emotional poisons. 4. How often do you see hateful comments, or posts promoting violence on a daily basis? I block a lot of unwanted contents on my browser which enables me to only be confronted to content I choose to look at. Hate speeches are often located in the comment sections of videos I watch on youtube. However, I do not read comments, as I don’t want to be subject of stupid/nonsense opinions. 5. How do you think we can balance freedom of expression when it comes to hate speech? Get rid of anonymous profiles. People usually hide behind anonymous profiles, as they don’t have to worry about others recognising them. Some people who spread hate speeches online are too afraid to hold the same speech in real life. People should have to identify themselves with their real name and maybe their national ID number. This way, they have to be accountable for their opinions. I think we could be surprised by the reduction of hate speech as most people are coward and don’t want to loose face in front of their peers in real life. 6. How do you think we can we ensure that freedom of expression is not used to justify hate speech? Clearly define what is a hate speech maybe so that any content that falls under the clear definition can be blocked. 7. What would you say is the biggest challenge in tackling hate speech? The biggest challenge would be the fact that it is almost impossible to communicate with the haters. Most of the time they are delusional individuals. 8. Is there any solution to this problem? I do not think so. I think most of them are lost causes and extremists. The only think we can do is educating young people who are still open-minded and welcome different viewpoints. Go to schools and target the younger ones early on. 9. Are there any challenges in implementing your counter speech campaign? Kids with parents that are haters may not welcome the message of peace. 10. Do you think the use of regulations in an effective way to tackle this issue? No. The problem is related to the way people have been educated. A regulation will not change much. Regulations that seriously punish people who spread hate speech may work in the short term but these people will not change their values. They will only get worse. 11. As a young adult who has grown up in technology era, how do you think hate speech should be tackled? I think no policy can tackle the problem of hate speech. Governments need to go to the source: the way people have been educated. Unfortunately, no one is willing to spend the time and money to redefine people’s values as this takes years and many efforts.
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#elgoogo project – 69 minutes of 86 days

fish-steve-zissou Synopsis On a path littered with lifejackets, in the middle of a crowd of people on the run, a 3-year-old girl slowly emerges. Full of a child's energy and curiosity, carrying her little "Frost" backpack on her back, she takes in her surroundings between hundreds of adult trouser legs. She understands the gravity of the situation she and her family find themselves in, but filled with childlike wonder she continues her journey. For every step she takes, she emanates a longed-for feeling of hope. To Lean, it's a step closer to her grandfather in Sweden. Trailer Food for thought... The story is shown through the eyes of Lean, our young protagonist. This allows the audience to identify itself with the migrants, the unwilling travellers of our time. The director shows us that Leah is a just common child with her Frozen Bag pack yet she is living a life that is anything but normal. This induces to feel personal 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 – Dead ears

Dead EARS_EN Synopsis Two men, an aged farmer and his deaf-mute son, live in a remote area, isolated from civilization. Though sharing the same roof, problems, and sorrows they remain very distant from one another. Their attempts at conversation turn to misunderstanding if not conflict. Father thinks his son is abnormal and childish. Son sees his father as insensitive and crude. Can the two men find their way into understanding one another? Trailer Food for thought... This documentary is very different from the others on this blog. One reason being, the way the director uses the forest and the animals to show us the way both humans interact with each other and their environment. It is clear that the father lacks paternal affection towards his son, yet the director cleverly shows paternal affection that the son possesses. This is shown through the way the son takes care of the animals at the farm. 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 – Alan

Synopsis After the war started in Syria, many Kurdish people living in Syria fled to Kurdistan- Iraq. This situation influenced many children's lives: they had to leave their schools and start working in business, even though they were still too young. Alan is one of those children. He has a difficult economic situation, his father and Alan himself are sick and medication, and because his father cannot work, Alan must work in the camps. Trailer Food for thought... This is a very short documentary (under nine minutes) but it does not fail to leave a lasting impression. We see Alan becoming the breadwinner for his family to keep himself and his father alive. The documentary further highlights how wars can rob children of their livelihood and future. 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 – Il segreto delle calze

il segreto delle calze Synopsis: China seen through the eyes of Emilia and Angiolo, small business entrepreneurs from Tuscany who, after their company producing women's stockings went bankrupt, emigrated from the small industrial district of Empoli in Italy, to Yiwu, in the People's Republic of China. Thanks to their knowledge of craftsmanship, from a small Italian district, they catapulted themselves into the new Chinese reality at 65 years old becoming protagonists of the world's most booming economy. After 10 years spent in China, they have another challenge to face: find the courage to come back home. Trailer Food for thought... This documentary is a story of an almost 'irrelevant' migration. This migration is profoundly different from what we are daily faced with on newspapers: people fleeing from their countries due to issues such as war and violence. Nonetheless, the documentary shows the struggles that Emilia faces daily, ranging from loneliness to missing her family, from the language barrier to her identity. We see the way the she tries to find a way to make her identity coexist in a world that is alien to her. As always, don't forget so share this documentary with your friends and family. Let's unite and #establishties.
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