Digital Stories by Palestinian Youth
Digital Resistance, a DVD of the youth pieces, is on sale now!
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In January 2007, a group of media makers and youth organizers from NYC and the Bay Area traveled to Palestine and joined an intergenerational team of Palestinian facilitators to lead digital storytelling workshops with Ibdaa and Lajee, two youth centers in the Bethlehem area of the occupied West Bank.
Digital stories are 3-5 minute personal narratives that bring story, music, and images together through user-friendly technology. The process of creating digital pieces is often deeply transformative for those creating them, offering opportunities to reflect on one’s own experience and then share the story of their life and experience in their own voice and from their unique perspective.
The workshop brought new media arts technology and skills to support the existing oral history and youth development work of both organizations. It also gave us the opportunity to pilot programming and develop educational tools about Palestine created by Palestinians for use in the US.
Twelve youth, ages 13-19, participated, six from each center. The young people created digital stories that offer new perspectives on Palestinian history, culture, life under occupation and visions for justice. We have compiled their stories on the "Digital Resistance" DVD.
If you are interested in screening these youth pieces in your community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you.
Watch the videos online:
- Abeer's "A Day Unlike Any Other Day"
- Bara'a's "Restrictions on Society"
- Batul's "Justice"
- Khaled's "The Key"
- Kholoud's "Blocked Dreams"
- Linda's "Innocent Dreams"
- Maram's "A Piece of Palestinian Suffering: The Difficulties of Movement"
- Miras' "The Day of Injury"
- Muhannad's "Shattering the Night's Silence"
- Raja's "Suffering of the Palestinian People"
- Saddam's "Ruining Our Play"
- Wasim's "The Life of Refugees in the Camps"