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 "Visual Narratives: Jenin Through the Lens"

visual storytelling workshop
Gianluca Lanciai in  collaboration with Fragments Theatre in Jenin, Palestine! In this unique and empowering program, participants will embark on a creative journey to explore the art of photography and visual storytelling, using their lenses/phones to capture their lives in Jenin.
Workshop Overview:
The workshop is designed to provide students with basic yet essential knowledge about photography, focusing on elements such as light and composition. Participants will learn how to control their cameras effectively, enabling them to translate their unique perspectives into captivating visual narratives.

Freedom of Expression:
Participants will have complete freedom to choose the subjects of their stories, which 
can be based on family, friends, environment, archives, or personal reflections. The goal is not to create a competition but to foster a sense of belief in each participant's story, recognizing that every narrative holds value.
Story Sequencing:
Throughout the workshop, participants will explore the power of sequencing images to 
create a compelling visualstory. They will learn to play with their photographs, arranging them in a sequence that enhances the narrative and provides a deeper understanding of the story they wish to tell.
Collective Exhibition:
The culmination of the workshop will be a collective exhibition showcasing the participants' work. The exhibition’s location is yet to be defined, but it will serve as a platform for the students to share their stories with the wider community, fostering a sense of pride and accomplishment.

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Stories Through the Camera 

The project is a capacity building for 17 young people from Jenin and cities in Palestine in stop motion movies and editing short films.

The youth will learn how to create films on themes relevant to the issues that they face, which
will then be shared with the wider community through videos, and train other youth and children to continue this work through follow-up workshops.
Difficult political and social conditions challenge the children and youth in Jenin, which creates
obstacles to developing imagination and critical thinking, and affects mental health. This project
will give youth the opportunity to relieve some social pressures and will provide an outlet to express their hopes for the future and ideas to overcome obstacles. The creative skills they will employ to create solution-oriented stories will illuminate means to deal more effectively with everyday realities and conditions, and provide opportunities to improve their lives during the current hard economic situation in Jenin.

The project will also provide practical training for the young people in Jenin to work as professional creative artists who will continue working with a variety of populations in Jenin: with children in schools, and in youth centers.

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My Tale Project 

My Tale project in Jenin, in Palestine, , the project targeted 2
groups young people and children, the project trained the young people to be trainers and the trainers  trained  children and presented their stories.
performances.
the participants  trained by professionals trainers from UK and Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Syria virtually and face to face.
The main aim of this project for this project is to provide youth in targeted area with new and creative tools for effectively dealing with the
hardships caused by their particular circumstances and build professional trainers in Jenin.
The project encouraged them to imagine alternate realities, in which they can challenge the current political and social structures and give
them hope that they can build a better future for themselves and their societies.

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Space Project and the New Space 

Fragments Theatre has rented an old Ottoman era building for the purpose of having a training space for the children and the young people, a library and a cultural café.
Parts of the building have already been renovated thanks to the help of individual donors. However, the building still needs a lot of work and through this project we are hoping to finally complete the whole renovation procedure.
2) Opening a cultural café

Fragments Theatre is working on opening the first cultural café in Jenin which will include a training space for the young people, a library and a café. On top of that, the café will open up job opportunities for the young people of Jenin.
3) Organizing upscyling and recycling trainings
Space project aims to train 10 young people, both male and female, from Jenin in upscyling and recycling wood, plastic and other materials and teach them how to create artistic products using these methods. The final creations will be shown to the
public at an exhibition where they will also be able to purchase the items. Thus, providing some income for the 10 young people involved.

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