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STORIES
THAT
MATTER

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

We believe in a world where everybody should have an equal opportunity to tell their story.

Together with Movies That Matter and ReFOCUS Media Labs we developed Storries That Matter. We want to give starting and  experienced film- and acting talents with a refugee background a chance to develop professionally.  

 

In 2020, our three organizations were ready to launch a two week Medialab for status holders and asylum seekers in The Netherlands and Camp Moria in Lesbos, Greece.

Now, in April of 2022 we join forces again and we will organize medialabs in 3 different countries; Greece, Germany and ofcourse The Netherlands. During the MtM film festival we organize a grand finale again where all films will be officially released, screened and celebrated.  

OUR PURPOSE

4 short films will be produced which the participants can add to their portfolio.

The one thing the participants have in common is that they are all filmmakers with a refugee background,

located in various countries in Europe.

APPLICANTS

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Movies that Matter
 

​Movies that Matter wants to open people's eyes for human rights. They achieve their goal through their annual Movies that Matter film festival, educational work,  organizing events, with advice inland and abroad, and the support of festivals worldwide.

Buddy Film Foundation
 

Buddy Film Foundation is a stepping stone for professional filmmakers with a refugee background and gives assistance by expanding their professional network and supports by finding paid work in the film industry through workshops, coaching and concrete film projects

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ReFOCUS Media Labs

ReFOCUS Media Labs is dedicated to creating a global network of media labs to equip asylum seekers with modern media creation skills, engaging in school communities with interactive events and media art installations, and has also produced feature-length documentary films with their students. 

WINNERS

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Walid Taher 

Walid is a participant of the Buddy Career Boost, a project created by Buddy Film Foundation. He is 48 years old, coming from Iraq. He started in 1996 at the Academy of Fine Arts and in the years that followed, he proved himself as a determined filmmaker, actor, and director in Iraq and the Netherlands.

With his latest film 'Pako' he made an international name for himself and won several awards.

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Filmon Kiros

During his participation in the Buddy Career Boost project by Buddy Film Foundation, Filmon exuded a great interest in developing his skills as a creative maker. He is 32 years old and comes from Eritrea. In Eritrea he wrote, directed and shot several video clips and long and short films. In the Netherlands he worked as an assistant director with director Teddy Cherim and worked on several film sets in the camera team.

Yaser Taheri

YASER TAHERI has been a member of the ReFOCUS Collective since arriving on Lesvos, Greece in 2019. During the most turbulent phases of our program, Yaser was a lead member of our Citizen Journalism program that chronicled the struggles asylum seekers trapped in Moria camp faced on Lesvos. His work has been part of numerous international reports including major works by BBC Newsnight, BBC Panorama, Aljazeera, Der Spiegel, CNN and The Wall Street Journal. 

"Dancing Bells", depicting the under-reported issue of child abuse in Northern Afghanistan, is Yaser's writing and directing debut. ReFOCUS is actively seeking financing to produce a feature film based upon this short narrative. 

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Zahra Gardi

ZAHRA GARDI developed her skills in photography and documentary filmmaking in the ReFOCUS Collective since 2018. Her early short films centered upon issues dealing with gender inequality and challenges faced by young children at risk in her home country of Afghanistan. In 2019-20 Zahra was a critical member of the crew that made "Even After Death", the first feature by ReFOCUS which dealt with those who didn't survive the crossings to Europe from Turkey and Africa. Zahra was also part of the team that produced the 1000 Dreams photography series, which has been widely published and featured in National Geographic. 

"Stitches", based on lived experiences in navigating the asylum process in Greece, is her writing and directorial debut. ReFOCUS is actively seeking financing to produce a feature film based upon this short narrative.

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JURY

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Lance Hossein Tangestani

Lance Hossein Tangestani started to develop his passion for film through internships as a production and lighting assistant when he was 20 years old. As he was looking for his niche during his studies at the Netherlands Film Academy, Lance found himself interested in directing fiction. In his movies, like Qiyama (2018), Shalky (2019), or Buurt Tories (2021), we can observe the echoes of his own experience as an immigrant and the individual looking for his calling in the society. 

THE PREMIERE NIGHT

Filmhuis Den Haag

Spui 191, 2511 BN Den Haag

PROGRAM

18:30 - 18:40

WALK IN + INTRODUCTION

 

18:40 - 18:50

OPENING AND INTERVIEW WITH YASER AND ZAHRA

Online interview with Yaser and Zahra. Filmmakers from ReFOCUS Media Labs.

 

18:50 - 19:00

DANCING BELLS

Watch film ‘DANCING BELLS’ by Yaser

 

19:00 - 19:15

REVENGE

Watch film ‘REVENGE’ by Filmon Kiros + Q&A. 

 

19:15 - 19:30

UKRAINE SPECIAL

Interview with Douglas about ReFOCUS Media Labs and the current situation in Ukraine.

 

19:30 - 19:45

A SMILE

Watch film ‘A SMILE’ by Walid Taher + Q&A. 

 

19:45 - 19:50

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BY BUDDY FILM FOUNDATION

 

19:50 - 20:20

NOTHING ABOUT US, WITHOUT US

Watch film ‘NOTHING ABOUT US, WITHOUT US' by ReFOCUS Media Labs.  

20:20 - 20:30

OUTRO

SAVE YOUR SEAT

Friday, April 15th

18:30