Most young people, regardless of their country of origin, watch films and TV series. They do it effortlessly because it is an activity they like and part of their lives. At the same time, these young people are growing up in a world in which democratic ideals are in crisis. Democracy is a tree with many branches. For it to work, it needs peace and respect for diversity; it needs gender equality; it requires a sustainable environment. The love of young people for cinema and the need of the times to strengthen democratic consciousness is the combination that led us to the proposal of CINEMATOMEDIA. The project aims to build the capacity of youth workers to maintain democratic consciousness among young people through cinema, either from the spectator’s position or from the creator’s. Films and series affect people on a deep level, cognitively and emotionally, create empathy, inspire, and nurture. It is a form of informal education with a significant impact. CINEMATOMEDIA will organize discussions based on film screenings and seminars, face-to-face and online, to teach young people democratic values through cinema and the art of filmmaking to spread democratic ideals. Then the young people will become the creators and make short films to express themselves and disseminate the themes of CINEMATOMEDIA through film festivals. CINEMATOPEDIA’s method will be consolidated in one document entitled “Teaching Democracy through Cinema.” Democratic empowerment is essential in all participating countries, both from Europe and the Middle East, and dialogue and cooperation between young people from different cultures is the key to empathy, understanding and development
KENTRO SPOUDON LAIKOU THEATROU- Greece (Coordinator), ACTION SYNERGY SA- Greece, EUth Wonders e.V.-Germany,
THE LEBANESE ASSOCIATION FOR INCLUSIVE CITIZENS- Lebanon, I DARE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT-Jordan,
HAVE A DREAM-Egypt, PROMOTION ET APPUI AUX DEVELOPPEMENT D’INITIATIV-Tunisia,
RENCONTRES AUDIOVISUELLES- France.