Belonging and Filmmaking in the Forest Camp
A one-week residential workshop for young adults with a refugee background. Participants will learn filmmaking and practice their skills during guided walks and time in nature. Primary themes to be explored will include the value of time spent in nature for newly-resettled people, belonging, identity, sense-of-place, and self-expression through media. This program will end with a final film screening of the short films created during the workshop in Oslo.
Project Coordinator: Larisa Ozeryansky, MPH, MSIPM, PhD Candidate
Lead Media Workshop Facilitator: Dr. Yonty Friesem
Cinematographer and Workshop Facilitator: Cody William Smith
Other Norway-based artists, musicians, and filmmakers (facilitator list in progress)
Dates: July 8-13, 2024
Location: Private Nature Residential Facility in the Jotunheimen Forest, Lom Municipality, Norway
The following are included free of charge for all accepted participants: bus transportation to/from Oslo, 3 meals per day, filmmaking workshop activities, guided hikes with professional wilderness guides, and overnight stay in the cabin facility for one week.
Eligibility: Participants 18-22 years old; arrived to Norway with the "refugee" status before the age of 18 and within the last 5 years; physically-fit for medium-difficulty hiking; basic knowledge of English (workshop will be in English).
Accommodation: We will do our best to accommodate you. Please share any dietary restriction, physical accommodation that you might need, language accommodation if you do not feel comfortable speaking English, or need any other accommodations.
Requirements: For your application, you are required to answer a few questions and upload your own 5 minute video answering the question: What does belonging mean to me?
Please see APPLY HERE for more details.
Project Partners and Institutional Affiliates:
Media Education Lab
OsloMet; Migration and Minority Health Research Group
University of Washington; Department of Sociology
Note: This project is part of PhD dissertation research (by Larisa Ozeryansky, Program Coordinator and PhD Candidate from the University of Washington and Fulbright Norway) which will explore the value of time spent in nature for newly-resettled people, belonging, identity, sense-of-place, and self-expression through media. Transcripts and fieldnotes, photos, and other materials from the program will be used for analysis and potential publication. As part of the application, participants must consent to their contributions and image to be used for this research work (consent form with further details is provided in the application materials).
Send email to Larisa Ozeryansky (Program Coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org
Draft Program Schedule based on the Media Production Hive Curriculum: