Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Thin Green Line… almost there!

Our Knowledge and Innovation products are almost ready and The Thin Green Line team gets some closure after trying to balance stress and creativity on a daily basis, over the past few months. 

The Thin Green Line is a challenging project undertaken on by Longfish Productions that asks for Cypriots to “tell their story of romantic relationships or encounters with people from ‘the other side’” in order to develop one of the most unique documentaries in Cyprus, ever.

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“The last two weeks were full of energy, creativity and hard work. Rahme and Anthie prepared the scripts for the interviews, based on the original recordings and having been directed to be as faithful to the original as possible. We then emailed the scripts to the actors and we started the rehearsals immediately.

My directions were clear and simple: Do not act! Be as natural as possible!

I already knew how hard it is for stage actors to switch to the camera, but I guess the style of the documentary helped us a lot in this case. Also the fact that there are no faces in the frame gave them the opportunity to express themselves through body and gesture. This physicality is after all one of the main targets of this project!

The shoots were long, difficult but utterly enjoyable! Looking at the rushes just before I start importing the footage on Final Cut I knew there was some gold there. And I was not wrong; it was so difficult to cut bits off… so hard to fit a love story in no more than 10 minutes. But the Goddess of editing helped me through and by the moment Helena had the Fusion Tables of the Thin Green Line Project set, the interviews were already uploaded on Youtube waiting to go live on the Thin Green Line Map!

The Thin Green Line Map is 99% ready and looks wonderful! Blue dots link to the archival footage we got from CyBC and BRT and red dots to the five interviews, the five hot stories that negotiate both the archive as well as our views of the world, our notions of the national, the temporal, the spatial, of gender and, last but not least, of sex itself.

The first big step of the Thin Green Line Project, that is the TGL MAP, will be up and running soon, available on the Mahallae hub! We hope you enjoy it :)”

Marios Psaras
Longfish Productions

Animating our Actions: PeacePlayers’ Cyprus Innovative Educational Tool

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Ashley from the Peace Players team wrote about their  Knowledge product and practitioner’s exchange to Israel.

The challenge that lay in front of us was to capture our years of experience and wealth of knowledge in approaching peace buildingfrom a youth and sports angle and create an originalproduct to share this approach.  From this challenge arose, the soon to be revealed, PeacePlayers’ animations.  

The moment we heard of the opportunity presented by The Knowledge and Innovation Fund of the Peace it Together network, the brainstorming began.  We confidently and passionately believe in our organization’s powerful approach to peace building through sport.  At PeacePlayers we have a wealth of experience bridging divides, developing leaders and changing perspectives in Cyprus and across the world.   Through the series of 5 short animated films we have worked to harness the depth of our experience on and off the court and the richness of our conflict transformation curriculum, based in part on the The Anatomy of Peace model, into a unique educational product. 

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The creation phase began this past December and has seen us proceed over the last 4 months from brainstorming, to script writing, to storyboarding and finally on to animation.  As we find ourselves in this final phase we were presented with a tremendous opportunity: a Practitioner’s Exchange trip to Israel. 

Stephanie Nicolas and Ashley Johnson of PeacePlayers – Cyprus spent 6 days this past week visiting social media, peace building and youth development NGOs in Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem to share the videos and receive feedback from well versed practitioners and participants in the field.  Israel proved to be the perfect location to test out our animations.  The individuals from whom we sought insight were all too familiar with dealing with conflict and gave us honest and in-depth perspectives on each of our completed videos. 

We met with 4 organizations:

 -Peace Factory, creators of the widely followed social media campaign; Israel Loves Iran

-Kids4Peace Jerusalem, an NGO offering inter-faith and inter-cultural education to Israeli and Palestinian youth

-Windows for Peace, an NGO that promotes understanding and reconciliation between communities through youth journalism and media related educational programs.

-PeacePlayers – Middle East, our sister program in Israel who works to unite and educate Palestinian and Israeli youth through the game of basketball.  Combining on the court opportunities with experiential learning activities and the implementation of “The Anatomy of Peace” curriculum to create deep open communication and understanding amongst participants. 

Throughout the week we visited each organization, shared our videos and asked a number of questions whose responses will guide us in the refinement of our product and creation of our a corresponding training modules that will accompany the videos.  

After showing the videos to various audiences, including 5 different focus groups with PeacePlayers Middle East participants, coaches and staff, we can confidently say that we have an outstanding engaging product transferrable across various cultures and perspectives.  

In returning to Cyprus we have a renewed energy and enthusiasm to approach the final stage of creation, now we have many followers not just in Cyprus, but Israel as well, anxiously anticipating the debut of our films.  So, please continue to follow the Peace it Together blog as well as PeacePlayers Cyprus’ blog and look for PeacePlayers animated educational films on Mahallae soon! 

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Cyprus history archive now available online

ImageCrossposted from Voices from Eurasia Blog, check out what Pembe Mentesh wrote!

The Cyprus Critical History Archive gives access to digitized articles relating to intercommunal relations in Cyprus

I’m pleased to announce that you can now browse a new online database – the Cyprus Critical History Archive – for Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot newspaper articles on inter-communal relations and conflict-related violence during 1955 and 1964.

The archive is a digital resource on the troubled history of Cyprus, and is a joint initiative between the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research and PRIO Cyprus Center.

The archive is a first attempt to offer an οnline trilingual collection of sources on the 1955 to 1964 period.

The purpose of the archive is to facilitate the quest for knowledge, understanding and different perspectives, and will enhance historical dialogue through access to primary sources.

“60 years on, the fundamentals of public political discourse as reflected in newspapers on both sides remain largely the same. Looking at this in a value-free fashion means that understanding the discourse of either side and bringing it into dialogue by looking at its articulation in different points in time can be a useful tool for civil society and reconciliation”

Dr. Antonis Hadjikyriacou, Project Leader

Eventually, it is hoped that the project will include articles up to 1974, and that the typology of sources will include private and public archival documentation, photographic archives, audio-visual material and oral accounts from Cyprus and abroad.

For more information, please call +357 22445740 and +90 5488345740 or send us an e-mail at: ahdr.mide@gmail.com

Τhis initiative is part of the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research’s Multiperspectivity and Intercultural Dialogue in Education project, supported by UNDP – Action for Cooperation and Trust.

Cyprus history archive now available online

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Crossposted from Voices from Eurasia Blog, check out what Pembe Mentesh wrote!

The Cyprus Critical History Archive gives access to digitized articles relating to intercommunal relations in Cyprus I’m pleased to announce that you can now browse a new online database – the Cyprus Critical History Archive – for Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot newspaper articles on inter-communal relations and conflict-related violence during 1955 and 1964. The archive is a digital resource on the troubled history of Cyprus, and is a joint initiative between the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research and PRIO Cyprus Center. The archive is a first attempt to offer an οnline trilingual collection of sources on the 1955 to 1964 period. The purpose of the archive is to facilitate the quest for knowledge, understanding and different perspectives, and will enhance historical dialogue through access to primary sources. “60 years on, the fundamentals of public political discourse as reflected in newspapers on both sides remain largely the same. Looking at this in a value-free fashion means that understanding the discourse of either side and bringing it into dialogue by looking at its articulation in different points in time can be a useful tool for civil society and reconciliation” Dr. Antonis Hadjikyriacou, Project Leader Eventually, it is hoped that the project will include articles up to 1974, and that the typology of sources will include private and public archival documentation, photographic archives, audio-visual material and oral accounts from Cyprus and abroad. For more information, please call +357 22445740 and +90 5488345740 or send us an e-mail at: ahdr.mide@gmail.com Τhis initiative is part of the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research’s Multiperspectivity and Intercultural Dialogue in Education project, supported by UNDP – Action for Cooperation and Trust.