"Fil Meidan" - Citizen Journalism - sharing the lives of Jerusalem youth

MEND has almost completed the first phase of the Fil Meidan, our "citizen journalism" project with youth from Kalandia, Ram, Nebi Saleh, Anata and Jerusalem. Our participants have so far produced a variety of short films on subjects ranging from the experience of Nur Tamimi with her weekly visit to the military authorities to a "Vox Pop" about the pros and cons of living in al-Ram, to a short film about the "youngest journalist in the world" - 10 years old - in Nebi Saleh, and a young musician in Kalandia. We are currently working on putting subtitles, until then the films (16 so far) can be seen in Arabic at Facebook


Recently there has been a growing interest in alternatives to violence even at the level of long-term
political activists. In fact these activists and community leaders have specifically expressed their
dissatisfaction with the cycle of violence and its results, and requested information and training for active

MEND, having built its reputation on a holistic and creative approach to violence in schools, has taken this
approach further to reach the general population. Working through film, the internet, radio, bumper
stickers, posters, and news advertisements, MEND has changed the local attitude to nonviolence from one
of scepticism or dismissal (when MEND was first established in 1998) to one of interest and appreciation - so that now even the Palestinian President talks about nonviolence. If there can be a visible nonviolence
movement, this will give hope to all those on both sides who fear the cycle of violence and cannot see
any partners for peace.


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