In cooperation with the organization Balkanska iniciativa za toleranciju from Serbia, APIS Institute has successfully conducted the workshop for digital storytelling through use of video and photography tools for youth workers. This workshop was the first part of an ongoing one year project 3M- Multimedia Multipliers from the Margins, dedicated to the exchange of best practices of technology use for a bigger social inclusion. The project was carried out in the framework of the Erasmus + program in order to develop organization capacities in the field of migrant work. 12 organizations from 12 countries were part of the partnership.

The digital-storytelling workshop lasted for one week and included 27 youth workers from Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, Northern Ireland and France. Partner organizations and youth workers which have participated in the training were working directly with vulnerable groups (refugees, minorities, migrants, unemployed youth…), but in many cases were representatives of those same groups themselves. During the training they have achieved the knowledge and experiences of using video, photography and digital storytelling as a tool of empowerment and media for a more tolerant society, tools which all have given those vulnerable groups a voice.

The participants have prepared 4 short movies and 14 photo-series during the training. The stories get into parts of the society that are ignored and not listened to, media often avoid them or poorly report on their regard.

The training in Belgrade was conducted by APIS Institute. The coordination and organization of the training was taken care of by BIT from Serbia directed by Ivana Stanojev. Photography mentor was Luka Dakskobler, mentor of the video production was Romana Zajec, mentor of video editing was Borut Dolenc.

Aside from the classic form of documentary photography and video where participants present their stories through photo-series and short movies, we have also included those about whom the photo and video stories were made. Hence, the training not only took place in order to enhance a better social inclusion, but the training became inclusive itself. The first example is the story about Aleksander Markovič who decided to change his sex gender. This story was shown through different media tools: a photo-story from a Latvian author, a film from a Turkish, Serbian and Latvian author, but in the same time Aleksander Markovic captured his story in photography himself as one of the authors of the exhibition. His photographies were included in the film So ***king special. The story became transmedia as it was portrayed through different media tools and from different views and perspectives.

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Next to our 14 photo-series, we have also included another guest which is himself the protagonist of a photo-series A Spaceship of Secrets. In his story about autism, the participant from Italy included photographies of a 15 year old autistic boy in his digital story.

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Ioane Pinzariu’s photo-series is the third who managed to include the protagonist in the storytelling. The man bellow is Ivan Djordjević lost everything, but her own life. He lost all his family and his partner who died from drug addiction at 27 years old. Ioane showed us his every day life after he was released from prison, where he decided not to return to hell of addiction anymore.

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When he was in prison, Ioane wrote a story about his tragic life period of losses, pain and addiction. The story is written from a cat’s perspective that lived with him. After the photo-series, Ivan released it with the help of BIT and presented it publicly in the frame of Storyclub in Belgrade.

We have concluded the intensive training with projections of films and a photography exhibition named Lice i naličje Beograda- Betwix and Between in Belgrade. These took place in the belgradian gallery Parobrod.

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You can view a short video about the exhibition that was showed by a serbian TV show “Biljana za vas”.

The conduction of the training has raised quite some media attention. The project was also presented on the N1 television which is a channel in Belgrade, Sarajevo and Zagreb. The project has also been presented to many newspapers and several radio stations: Adria daily and B92.

Partnerji projekta 3M – Multimedia Multipliers from the Margins

koordinator projekta 3M: Balkan Initiative for Tolerance, Srbija

izvajalec foto/video treninga 3M: Zavod APIS / APIS Institute, Slovenia

Partnerske organizacije:

Toplum Gonulluleri Vakfi, Turčija

Baltic Regional fund, Latvija

Association Multisports Loisirs, Francija

The Inside Out Programme, Severna Irska

Buinho Living Lab, Portugalska

Urbana mladež, Hrvaška

AIM Agenzia Intercultura e Mobilità, Italija

Asociatia Carusel, Romunija

Malteser Ndihmon ne Shqiperi, Albanija

PRONI Center for youth development, Bosna in Hercegovina

Vodja projekta: Ivana Stanojev

Vodja treninga za APIS in mentorica za družbeno angažirano video produkcijo: Romana Zajec, Zavod APIS / APIS Institute

Mentor za fotografske delavnice: Luka Dakskobler

Mentor za video montažo: Borut Dolenec

Producentki foto in video produkcije: Ivana Stanojev (BIT), Romana Zajec (Zavod APIS / APIS Institute)


Project 3M: Multimedia Multipliers from Margin was co-founded by Erasmus + Programme of the European Union.

The European Commission support for the production does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsi­ble for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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