Not too much to say about our second mission in Greece... or better, too much...
Lots of emotions and lots of questions about this "human crisis" presently occurring ...
We met again many people we known from the first mission. They moved out from illegal camps (at the border with Macedonia/Skopje) to governmental camps around Thessaloniki.
It's been quite shocking to see that. All the people joined the official camps and nothing is really changed.
The moral inside the camps is very down. No more dreams of Germany or better future for most of them...and the winter is coming!
Our mobile cinema moved every night in a different camp, trying to reach as much people as possible, we managed to organize screenings in 8 different places.
We screened Charlie Chaplin, The boy and the world, Tom and Jerry and also the videos that some friends made after the first expedition: CArovana artistica Udine-Idomeni (may-june 2016).
It was nice to see everybody looking for themself in the videos and smile a lot, seeing their friends on the big screen.
The good news is that still a lot of volunteers, coming from the whole world, doing an amazing team-work to make operative services as: mobile library, children areas, english schools, mobile kitchen, and so on.
The cinema sessions were a good "healing" and we always had a very good feedback by the audience...
We had to left with a promise: before June we will be back! ;-)
Stay tuned and for more info about whats happening in Greece please check: https://medium.com/@AreYouSyrious
We want to thanks all the people who helped us to realize this mission and all the association and organization who were out under the sky with us during the screenings. A special thanx to "Help Refugees HQ" for guesting us in their warehouse, "Philoxenia" and "Soul Food Kitchen" to let us be part of their amazing project!
To Share is To Be Human!
Photo Credits : Gloria Chillotti and Pettirouge Prod.
TEDxBari 2016 si avvicina a grandi passi. Iniziamo a scoprire gli #speaker di questa prima edizione con licenza ufficiale.
Davide Bortot e Francesca Truzzi sono i fondatori di Cinéma du Désert CdD: dal 2009 girano il mondo portando l'incanto del grande schermo negli angoli più remoti del pianeta con un'attrezzatura interamente alimentata a pannelli solari.
L'iniziativa, promossa dall'ONG italiana Bambini nel Deserto, si ispira all'equazione "#Education =#Dignity" e getta le basi di un futuro migliore per centinaia di ragazzi che vivono in luoghi difficili. Cinéma du Désert crea ponti tra popoli attraverso la forza delle immagini e il libero accesso alla conoscenza.
Sabato 26 novembre sul palco del Teatro Petruzzelli Bortot e Truzzi racconteranno come ridare vita ad angoli di #Deserto, la parola chiave di#TEDxBari 2016.
WE ARE NATURE
(Considerations on the Anthropocene)
Author : João Meirinhos
Location : Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Siberia and Mongolia
Filmed during Cinema du Desert's journey to Mongolia by land in 2015. This country is a drastic example of the upcoming perils of desertification and ever lowering temperatures during Winter that are forcing the local population to give up their traditional nomadic lifestyle and move to a problematic and polluted capital city. Using the technique of timelapse we attempted to convey a message of global urgency and simultaneously a call out for social participation and perseverance towards the shared responsibility of our environment.
We are organizing our next mission to Greece for the end of September.
We are taking a van and truck from Mutonia to the camps near Thessaoniki. We will fill both with winter aid- clothes,blankets,shoes,which we have already collected and which are stored in Mutonia, aswell as taking over the cinema from CdD.
Cinema du Desert is proud to be part of the next expedition with S.A.F.E. In the first mission (June 2016) we filled up our cinema-truck with the goods donated and we went to Greece bringing with us not only the donations, but also a bit of fun and joy (thanx to Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times"). The response of the people in front of our screen was amazing, its very difficult to explain but these people really need movies and moments to share... because all of this we decided to join S.A.F.E again and bring some more movies".
We will photograph and document our mission,meeting up with already estabished contacts within the refugee and volunteer communities.
We hope to have and give a better understanding of the conditions the people now face, aswell as delivering the donations we have collected and putting on the cinema in the camps.
For this we need to raise some funds...£2000 to get the van and truck from Italy to Thessaloniki.
Please can you help by giving a small donation, every little helps and it will all be going directly to where it is needed most.
YOU CAN DONATE HERE:
video SAFE: https://vimeo.com/163010243
Between 5 expeditions to West Africa, one long 9-month journey to Mongolia, a recent North Italian free cinema tour, one small trip to bring humanitarian aid to Syrian Refugee Camps in Greece and working at many alternative festivals around Europe from Boom, to Sonica, to Ozora... the Cinema du Desert Truck Team has so far traveled more than 100.000 kms. (since 2009) bringing Joy and Fun directly to where it is most needed and unexpected! But these trips have their costs! Here's our new Italian crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to make the next expeditions to Greece & Burkina-Faso become a reality... Spread the word! Spread the love! Spread the revolution!
This is what we have to offer in exchange for your solidarity:
Our new partners Connect4Climate are putting together this incredible opportunity for professional and amateur filmmakers worldwide with a passion for film and climate issues!!!
Building upon the extraordinary success of our Action4Climate documentary film competition in 2014 with more than 230 stories from 70 countries, the competition invites young filmmakers (14-35 years old) across the world to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) (less than 1min) or a Short Film (1-5min) with an emphasis on climate actions and solutions.
Significant cash and equipment prizes will be awarded to the winning entries chosen by our international jury.
The winners will be awarded at an official high-profile ceremony at the UN Climate Summit (COP22) that will take place in Marrakech, Morocco in November.
We are really looking forward to gathering and sharing young people’s powerful climate messages worldwide!
The Cinema du Desert team joined the "Carovana Artistica" to reach the border between Greece and Macedonia where thosands of refugees are stuck since more than 100 days... There's no words to explain the situation over there... just watch... more episodes coming soon ;-)
Thanks to: Associazione "Ospiti in arrivo", Delatprocess, S.A.F.E. (Steps Across Frontiers of Europe), Mutonia (Mutoid Waste Company), ONG Bambini Nel Deserto and all the volunteers we met during this expedition.
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