Fugee Fridays is a volunteer humanitarian initiative, founded in 2008 in response to the acute distress of the growing community of African asylum seekers living in Tel Aviv. Our purpose is to help address this community’s immediate needs while nurturing their independence, raising awareness of their plight, fostering positive cultural exchange between Israelis and Africans living in Israel and empowering both the refugee community and our volunteers. We organize a number of projects for the benefit of the African community, including food collection from the Carmel Market, language classes, children’s activities and a growing list of community development projects. Everything we do is guided by our belief in simple, elegant problem-solving which connects urgent needs with available and sustainable solutions. We hope that, by setting a personal example, we can inspire others to create similar social action projects that benefit their communities.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Seeing Tel- Aviv through the Lense of Refugee Youth

Over the past few months, a video course was conducted with the aim of putting the camera in the hands of refugee youth currently living in Tel Aviv.  By giving the group the opportunity to document their own realities and tell their own stories, Activevision has created a sort of freedom within the medium of documentary.   

The Asylum City: Video Project was extremely successful. We were able to teach the importance of filmmaking and storytelling both in theory and in practice.  As a result, a collection of very interesting and important films were produced. The group also gets satisfaction from actively taking part in spreading the awareness of their own situation, thus further breaking Stigma, and taking the video medium back to its origins.   

click here to view this article on Haaretz.com

click here to view Refugee Photography an article published by Harry on Israel21c.com

click here to view Israels Darfur Refugees Turn to Film to Find Expression an article published by Bernard Dichek on Israel21c.com

click here to view Takes on Black Reality an article by Vered Lee published in Haaretz. Hebrew

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