It has been an intense and surprising few days for the participants of the REC – Reflect Experiment Capture project.

Last week – on 10th, 11th and 12th of November – the International Film Festival took place online, involving the video-makers and young people of the REC project from Italy, Spain, Indonesia and Kenya. Thanks to the festival, the participants got to know each other better and exchange ideas about the creative process that has accompanied the project over the last two years.

The participants of the 5 REC Labs that took place during the project took an active part in the International Festival: the main theme of the workshops was the creation of experimental videos on combating violence. In particular, the workshops dealt with the following themes through the use of five different artistic techniques:

  • Physical violence through experimental photography
  • Bullying through mask making
  • Cyberbullying through the use of natural elements
  • Gender-based violence through textile collage
  • Indifference, isolation and invisibility through shadow theatre

For each of these workshops, several videos were shot by young video-makers and generally curious young people who worked together with lots of ideas and creativity. In addition to the activities planned during the festival and the video showcase, there was a moment dedicated to the voting of the videos: the videos competed for the award for «best picture», «best screenplay» “best visual effect” and «most thought-provoking video». This was a moment of great joy and satisfaction for all the participants in the Festival.

This event should have taken place in Semarang, Indonesia, but due to the circumstances caused by Covid19, this option was discarded a few months ago and it was decided to adapt the event to take place remotely. Some participants connected directly from their places, while other ones joined other participants from their same country.

Despite the distance, the event was dynamic and interactive and participants evaluated iit very positively. Despite the thousands of kilometres that separate them, indeed, REC participants felt close to each other and enjoyed new ways of sharing.

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