For the Seminar reporters and the Video clip workshop groups this was a busy week because they were reporting on all of the students’ work that had been done for the presentations, videos, pictures and websites. They had to be everywhere something was happening to catch the best moments on the camera and recorder. So we talked to Míša from the Seminar reporters and Daniel and Cassandra from Video clip groups to get to know about their work in these days, reflections about the seminar and communication with other participants.

 

Míša:

Do you like your workshop? What do you do in it?

I like The Seminar Reporters group, we have a lot of free space to show our ideas and do different things – we can shoot pics, interview people, post on websites and just do whatever we like to do. My job is to post on facebook profile, I have to keep updating every day and inform about past and upcoming events to let people know what is happening. And I also like to take some pictures when I have the camera with myself.

Why did you came to Marienthal?

I’ve been here two years ago, and I very liked it. I was in a short film group with my friend, it was a lot of busier week that year than now because now I don’t have such a pressure on myself, so I don’t have to stress about anything which I like about this years Marienthal. Also I wanted to go back because I love this place and people, the atmosphere is very great, like the last year.

Do you think that this kind of seminar is worth to do again?

Yes of course, but I think it needs more people, the last time I was here, the whole place just seemed more busy and alive, people were everywhere. It’s good we have this kind of project – young people can self-realize in workshops which are lot of fun, and they can make a friends from other countries – yeah I think this is the best part from this project.

Two brothers from Afghanistan agreed to talk to us on Thursday afternoon. Sayed Zabihullah Walizai (aged 20) and his  younger brother Sayed Zainullah Walizai (aged 16) came to Germany from Kabul. They arrived with their family of six one year ago.

- How long are you going to stay?

Hopefully forever if possible.

- What do you do here?

Sayed Zabihullah – I’m a student, first I want to learn the German language to communicate with the Germans and  later I’d like to study Computer Science and become an IT specialist.

Sayed Zainullah – I want to learn  German too, now I mostly do that and later I’ll will decide what  to do in the future. When I have already learnt the language I hope to work in the medical service, maybe I’ll become a doctor. Who knows.

Our parents also study German and when they reach level B1, they we’ll get a work permit. As a literate family, my father is a jet engine engineer with an MA from a Turkish university, my mom is a physiotherapist, they want to work  for Germany. So now they study to find the way to work for the local community, Germany or maybe Europe.

To deliver the main concept of the seminar, participants from the Actor and Short film workshop groups are even busier than the others because they have to represent the idea of the refugee crisis and catch every single moment to make it done. The short film can’t be shot without actors, so both workshop groups are working closely together. We’ve talked to Paula and Martin from the Actors and Petr from Short film group to get to know their duties and skills they have acquired in these days.

What do you think about the topic of this seminar - refugees?

Johannes: I think it’s very controversial, it’s very important for us to deal with this topic, learn something about it, hear different  opinions from people from other countries.  Currently in Europe  we  have the crisis and we are the young people who will form and shape this continent and the coming decade and that’s why we have to deal with  topics of such importance. 

Tanja: Well, I believe that talking about refugees is important because this crisis shows Europe has a serious problem planning what to do next and we, as  the youth of Europe,  should think about it. Maybe in a few years’ time we will be the ones who'll  be discussing such political and social situations, so I think  it's crucial that all of us are aware of the difficulties Europe has to deal with  now.

 

The students in the workshop groups are still busy to have everything done before the seminar ends with group presentations. For singers and musicians this work is not as tense as for other groups because as they said, they really enjoy it and do everything taking their time. The singers and musicians constitute one big group called “the Band”, but they are separated because it is easier to work independently at some stage. We have asked Elizabeth, one of the singers, and Thomas, a musician, about their work and reflections considering their workshop group.

            Elizabeth: In our workshop group, basically, we sing a lot of songs referring to the main topic – refugees. We sing a lot of Michael Jackson’s songs, also some by Coldplay and Elvis Presley. We’ve learnt these songs by heart and today we are going to have a rehearsal with the musicians which is going to be amazing. I really like our workshop group because I can do what I love. We have a lot of free time during a singers’ working day, so we can go to the other groups, help them and look what they do. But we are working a lot actually. We rehearse one song for about an hour and after that the voice needs to relax. In my workshop group I have made friends with participants from other countries and it was quite easy because music really unites us.

            Thomas: I really like the people and atmosphere in my group and, of course, music makes me happy. I play the electric guitar and other participants play different instruments. I think we are doing a good job and I have already got new friends from different countries who attend my workshop. We are having great fun together, so the work we have to do does not feel so hard. 

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