Omin Sanoin - Videos by Young Asylum Seekers

21.11.2017 |

Finn Church Aid returns this year to further assist young asylum seekers in Finland through the ‘In My Own Words project’ and the result of that work will be screened this Wednesday night in Helsinki.

Finn Church Aid, in conjunction with the Changemaker Youth Network encourages creative expression by young asylum seekers in Finland from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, in an effort to raise their voices and tell their immigration stories as new members of the community.

This national initiative is aimed at engaging asylum seekers and residents to create solidarity and connection with each other and to heal the disconnect between the new asylum seekers and the locals. The project consists of script, film and short video editing workshops, using smart phones as their cameras, with participants given the freedom to tell their stories, as they wish. Each film becomes a mini documentary and after the workshops – which so far have been held in Helsinki, Espoo, Turku, Hämeenlinna, Oulu, Tampere and Jyväskylä – public screenings have been held followed by discussions.

As the finale of the workshop programme, the films will be screened this Wednesday in Helsinki from 5.30 pm, with discussions, music and food afterwards. Filmmakers and project team members will be on hand to answer questions. 

Omin Sanoin will be held on Wednesday 22nd November from 5.30pm till 11.00pm at Dubrovnik Lounge and Lobby in Helsinki, Finland. The event and project are organised by Changemaker Finland.

The programme is available in their Facebook event (in Finnish, some information in English). You can read more about the project here on the Changemaker Finland website.

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