Why We Exist
In the summer of 2015, Salima Stanley-Bhanji and Eduardo Bunster travelled through Bangladesh and Jordan interviewing people and hearing their stories. They spoke with, and captured on film, 20 people, about half of whom are Syrian refugees. In Amman, they met people under the umbrellas covering a staircase on Rainbow Street. While they were at it, they collected the real, worn shoes of the people they interviewed.
Back in Canada, they conducted additional interviews and turned the stories into an experiential and intimate film project in which participants are able to literally step into the shoes of another while hearing their stories. The interviewees themselves were also deeply impacted through our deep listening. The stories are rich, layered and diverse, and each connects the viewer with the individual in a compelling way, breaking down the barriers of time and distance, of language and culture, to reinforce the connection we feel in our shared humanity and to bring about positive change towards effective global citizenship.
Under the banner of Humainologie, our Calgary-based production house, our films have been entered into and included in a number of film festivals, and we received a Rising Star Award at the Canadian International Film Festival in 2016, for our film ‘under an umbrella we met | Adnan’, which you can watch here https://vimeo.com/146502703. All six films submitted to NorthWestFest in Edmonton will be screened at their festival in May 2016.
You can learn more about this project, including the trailer to the films and more of the films themselves, at www.underanumbrellawemet.com
Calgary Centre for Global Community was created to help speed up this process of positive change by building individual and community capacity for effective global citizenship.
We believe people are capable of bringing about extraordinary transformation. Our programs are designed to mobilize grassroots democracy by engaging people in learning, dialogue and action. Global Citizenship Education is at the core of what we do. We are not an issue based organization. Instead, we strive to develop people’s capacities for analysis, empathy and action so that they can lead change on the issues they are most passionate about.