Teaching from within Janna Gontsar holds a doctorate in education and works in a children’s clothes shop in Athens –a job that “is not within her soul”. An experienced teacher, Janna is offering courses in language, history and culture at the Ukrainian School every Saturday for her compatriots’ children and organizes activities to promote the Ukrainian culture in Greece.
About the project
Video life stories of migrants is the product of a collaboration between migrants and Greeks. It consists of 20 short films which present the everyday reality in Greece in a way that combines the actually lived experience and the perceptions of both migrants and Greeks.
By following the methodology of participatory video, migrants and Greeks contributed actively to the design and execution of the project throughout the stages of its production. After being trained to use modern equipment for audiovisual recording and to the theory of film narrative, with an emphasis placed on life stories and observational documentary, 20 migrants and 20 Greeks working in pairs (a migrant and a Greek) filmed the life stories of 5 migrant groups (Egyptians in Thessaloniki, Albanians in Crete, Indians in Attica, Nigerians and Ukrainians in Athens).
The film narratives are focused on 4 fundamental aspects of daily life (family, work, art and the idea of “here and there”).