Jordan: My Voice My Story: photo-film training with Syrian teenagers

I was principal trainer in this workshop, having created the idea with Maysa Ingram, an educationalist, who conducted the training with me.

Press Release:

MY VOICE, MY STORY workshop, Amman, Jordan June, 2014

8 girls from Syria, Jordan and Palestine attended a workshop in Amman, Jordan last month. ‘My voice, my story’, a week long workshop, facilitated and supported by UNICEF and hosted at Save the Children offices in Amman, aimed at training the girls, aged between 15 and 19, to produce a 2 minute photo film using stills images and audio commentary, of another participant in the group.

They learned:

– basic principles of photography

– basic principles of audio collection

– basic interview techniques and the importance of asking questions

– basic storytelling techniques

Each participant produced a film over the course of the workshop – which focused on a hands-on practical approach to learning. And the girls, living in different communities in Amman, had a chance to mix with other young people they would ordinarily never have a chance to meet.

Bara’a, from Jordan, made a film about Ghalia, a young refugee from Homs in Syria. Bara’a said: ‘We have never been given an opportunity like this before. It means we now know more about photographs and making stories, and we also know more about the people who have arrived here from Syria.’

Ghalia said in her film: ’Every little thing makes me feel afraid.’ But after the workshop she admitted: ‘I have more confidence now, and for the first time since arriving from Syria I have Jordanian friends.’

Randa, whose family is originally from Palestine explained how she felt sympathy for the Syrian people, ‘They had to flee from their country, just like the Palestinian people were forced to do. I know what they are going through.’

Here are the 8 films the girls made in the workshop: