Discussing migration with “Salam Neighbor”
The project seeks to spark a constructive debate about migration by screening the movie in 3 biggest Lithuanian cities and 2 smaller ones. While exploring life inside a Syrian refugee camp, this movie manages to put a human face on a very complex issue. Focusing on this approach as opposed to the fear-inspiring mainstream media discourse, the debates of academics and practitioners will be organized after the movie. While the project reflects global trends, the fact that screenings will be organized not only in the biggest Lithuanian cities but also in the refugees receiving municipalities will serve as additional relevance for local communities. By inviting the directors and also protagonists of the movie to participate in the screenings and share their own impressions of life in a refugee camp, raising awareness will acquire rather personal and yet more powerful dimension. Combining a debate of people working in the field of migration with personal narratives of refugees presented by the movie, the project aspires to foster diversity and acceptance. The latter objectives are closely related to the long-term goals of Diversity Development Group which include improving and managing diversity towards a sustainable, tolerant and socially responsible society. This project enables to pursue the mission of organization by reaching the audience in visual means as a springboard to counter the binary thinking and move towards more open society.