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Global Storytelling Project video showing at Guelph Film Festival!

October 20, 2016

UPDATE: One of the seven Global Storytelling Project videos will be shown during the Guelph Film Festival, November 5, 1 pm, First Baptist Church, 255 Woolwich Street, Guelph.
It will be shown along with the feature documentary The Crossing, about a perilous journey made by a group of Syrian refugees. Traversing land and sea on an old fishing boat manned by smugglers, the nail-biting journey leads to Europe where the refugees disperse. Each must battle to stay sane and create an identity among the maze of regulations and refugee hostels. The Crossing shows us the lengths to which people go to find safety and forge their own destiny.

NOTE: To read the bio of each participant, as well as a synopsis of each video, start playing each video and then click on the YouTube icon in the bottom right corner. Or go directly to our NEW YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

In the fall of 2015, the GWLIP’s Grassroots Connections Committee began to roll out its Global Storytelling Project.

Using live story-telling and video, the project intends to raise awareness and spark community conversations about inclusion, immigration issues, and the growing richness of our community. The project also celebrates and raises awareness about the benefits of diversity by creating opportunities for immigrants to share their stories.

For this initiative, the GWLIP sought a wide variety of participants from different parts of the world that would reflect the diversity among immigrants that settle in our community. Altogether, video storytellers represent three continents and six different countries. Their immigration experience ranges from being newly arrived to being long settled in Canada.

Participants signed up to step in front of or behind the cameras (or both) to create videos related to their immigration experiences. They received four training sessions during which they learned to craft and film their stories. One participant, Neda Barjesteh, preferred to stay behind the cameras and filmed Dr. Brand.

Project partners: The GWLIP gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Elevator Project, an innovative community-building project that brings great ideas to life. Ed Video provided technical support and graciously waived equipment rental fees.


Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership

Guelph-Wellington Local Immigration Partnership