Humanity in Action Releases Six New Action Project Videos

September 11, 2014 | action projects

Humanity in Action is pleased to release six new videos on the outstanding work of its Senior Fellows. The videos below offer a brief overview of six Action Projects, which are a central component of the Humanity in Action Fellowship. The videos premiered at the 2014 Humanity in Action International Conference in Sønderborg, Denmark.

These videos reflect the extraordinary diversity of ways in which Senior Fellows engage in civic action after the Fellowship. See below to learn more about a Danish-Turkish music festival, an advocacy campaign to combat xenophobia, a documentary to expand Holocaust education in Denmark and more.

À Juste Titre” (“As a Matter of Fact”)


A short film created by Siham Amzile
The wearing of the headscarf, or veil, is a source great debate in France. Drawing upon true experiences, Siham Amzile created a short film to raise awareness about Islamophobia and discrimination in the workplace. Her aim was to denounce the systematic attack on a fundamental right and to express the idea that only merit matters. The short film was shown in competition as part of the first edition of the Mokhtar Awards, an international festival in France of short films and documentaries that challenge prejudices and stereotypes about Islam and Muslims.

"Geert Spreekt Niet Voor Mij” (“Geert Does Not Speak For Me”)


An advocacy campaign developed by Spencer Heijnen
Spencer Heijnen sought to develop a campaign to give voice to the silent majority in the Netherlands that opposes Geert Wilders and the xenophobia of his nationalist, far right-wing party. To do this, Spencer and his team created wristbands with the text “Geert Does Not Speak For Me” and distributed over 5,000 of them across five major Dutch cities in a single day. Garnering massive media attention, Spencer and his team created and sold thousands more of the wristbands to further spread the message of solidarity and non-discrimination. The campaign expanded to include video clips of supporters explaining why Geert does not speak for them.

Memory Walk


An educational workshop created by Laura Boerhout and Lamija Landžo
Laura Boerhout and Lamija Landžo created the Memory Walk workshop in Sarajevo to encourage Bosnian youth from different backgrounds to reflect critically on the monuments and contested histories in their living environment. Thirteen young Bosnians participated in the five-day workshop, which began with a day of lectures on memorialization by several activists and experts. The participants then engaged in creative exercises and walking tours that required them to analyze the monuments in their own neighborhoods through the lens of what they had learned during the lectures. The participants then created short films with the help of professional filmmakers and editors about a specific monument based on interviews and in-depth research. The short films were screened at the Art Cinema Kriteron during a film festival in Sarajevo.

"Theresienstadt – Danish Children in Nazi Captivity”


A documentary film and educational website created by Solvej Berlau
As part of her work at the Danish Institute for International Studies, Solvej Berlau created a documentary film about Theresienstadt. The film tells the stories of six Jewish children who were transported from Denmark to the concentration camp. She worked with a small team to make the film in Danish and then had it translated into English. The film aired on Danish national television and has been screened in hundreds of schools. Along with the film, Solvej and her team developed an interactive website that provides background information, articles, historical resources and a list of museums and educational websites.

“Det Turkise Telt” (“The Turquoise Tent”)


An arts and music festival developed by Cagdas Citirikkaya
Cagdas Citirikkaya wanted to promote Turkish culture in Denmark as a way of challenging the dominant and negative image of Turks that permeates Danish society. To do this, Cagdas organized a Danish- Turkish arts and music festival in Aarhus, Denmark. Called “The Turquoise Tent,” the festival presented music, theatre, art, cooking courses and other aspects of both Danish and Turkish culture in the hope that participants from different backgrounds could challenge their own prejudices and help create a more cooperative and respectful society by interacting and enjoying culture together.

“Youth Social Entrepreneurship School”


A training program developed by Iuliia Zemlytska
Social entrepreneurship is a relatively unknown and unsupported concept in Ukraine. Iuliia Zemlytska designed a three-part project to encourage young entrepreneurs in her country. First, Iuliia organized a public event called “What is Social Entrepreneurship?” to introduce the principles of social entrepreneurs to the general public. Then, Iuliia sought to go beyond raising awareness about social entrepreneurship and created a competitive program for 15 young Ukrainian entrepreneurs to meet with and learn from established entrepreneurs. At the end of the project, the young entrepreneurs attended trainings about creating business models and raising funds for startups.

About HIA Action Projects

Click here to view the entire archive of Action Projects implemented by Humanity in Action Senior Fellows.

All Humanity in Action Fellows plan and implement an Action Project—a hands-on initiative inspired by their fellowship experience. The projects give Fellows the opportunity to take what they learned during their fellowship programs and use that knowledge to address real-life issues in their own communities. The projects reflect each Fellow’s unique experience and interests. Action Projects may take many different forms, including community service, public advocacy, art projects, lectures, conferences and social entrepreneurship.

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