I have been part of erasmus for two years and have travelled to many places meeting a lot of new people and making a lot of new friends. Erasmus has taken us to Nantes in France to the La Perverie were we spent four days filming interviews and editing them. However erasmus is not just filming it is a chance to create new friends and a chance to see a new culture. Erasmus’ aim is to try and give people an insight into the difficulties that migrants face and to try and help give people an understanding of how difficult it can be for them.
We did a lot of trainning in preperation for our films. We started our training in Armagh, october 2015. This was the first session where we met all the other schools involved such as: La Perverie in France, Saint Catherines College in Northern Ireland, Santa Magdalena Sofia in Spain and Mount Anville in Ireland. Here we had to mix together and work as a team whilst learning the back grounds to the current migrant refugee crisis and learning how to use new technology such as sound boxes, cameras, tripods ect. It was difficult at the start as we had three different languages to work with and many different accents to overcome but eventually we broke through and started working really well together. Our next training session was in Spain Zaragoza. This was where we did our first interviews. We were split into groups according to our schools. I was in the Armagh group. We were lucky enough to interview a young muslim man from North Africa called Sabut. He told us about his new life in Spain and how he had to leave his family and friends behind in Africa. He also told us about the racism he has recieved and the difficulties he has had to overcome. After the interview we went back to Santa Magdalena Sofia and started editting our films. Our third training sessions was back in Dublin were we tried a new interviewing technique called the vox bop. This is where we stopped random people in the street and asked them their opinions on the migrant crisis. Then we practised interviews on each other again allowing us to get to know each other.
Our forth trainning session is in Nantes in France where we are working in the Perverie alongside the french and spanish. We have been working on interviews that we filmed in our home countries to try and give us more time to edit and learn more about the migrant crisis. Our fifth and final trainning will be back in Armagh in May 2017 where we will add the last finishing touches to our work before showing them on the big screen for our movie festival.
The migrant crisis is something very serious and very real. I find that the work we are doing on it will help and remind people that just because the media has stopped showing it on tv doesn’t mean that it isn’t happening.
Erasmus isn’t just filming and editing however. We have had a lot of fun doing many activities, visiting many amazing artifacts and historical sites. We have gone sun bathing in spain together, to ice skating in France and jiving in Ireland. We have seen new land scapes, new cities, tried new ways of life to our own and overall had a really good experience. Erasmus plus project has honestly been one of the best experiences in my life and I am happy to say that I have made friends for life and gained excellent skills and knowledge that will be useful in my future.
More than 100,000 migrants and refugees have already come to Europe by sea since the start of the year more than ten times the number for January and February last year. Most of them came ashore on the Greek islands.
Is it right to tell those who are seeking a better life – Do not come here?
Is this the correct response from the European Union?
Have those who sought a better life for themselves not contributed greatly to their host countries?
A lot has happened since we had our last meeting in Dublin in September
So let’s look at some of the key events that have taken place in Europe since then.
Has this been a success?
Was this the right thing to do?
will this help to change attitudes in France?