FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS Programs
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS sends filmmakers and art educators overseas to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology skills in the Kingdom of Bhutan. 100% Fully Funded! FWB...
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS sends filmmakers and art educators overseas to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology skills in Cambodia. 100% Fully Funded! FWB is...
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS sends filmmakers and art educators overseas to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology skills in Bangladesh. 100% Fully Funded! FWB...
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS sends filmmakers and art educators overseas to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology skills in Honduras. 100% Fully Funded! FWB is...
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS sends filmmakers and art educators overseas to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology skills in India. 100% Fully Funded! FWB is a...
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS sends filmmakers and art educators overseas to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology skills in Thailand. 100% Fully Funded! FWB is...
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS sends filmmakers and art educators overseas to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology skills in Tanzania. 100% Fully Funded! FWB is...
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS sends filmmakers and art educators overseas to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology skills in Nepal. 100% Fully Funded! FWB is a...
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS sends filmmakers and art educators overseas to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology skills in Peru. 100% Fully Funded! FWB is a
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS sends filmmakers and art educators overseas to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology skills on a Navajo Native American Reservation....
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS sends filmmakers and art educators overseas to teach filmmaking, media literacy, and technology skills in Morocco. 100% Fully Funded! FWB is...
FILMMAKERS WITHOUT BORDERS Reviews
Unlike any experience in my life
Submitted by Ernie Zahn - - | January 22, 2017
I wasn't sure what to expect with this fellowship. I knew it would be a chance for me to focus on creative projects in a way, because of the space I was in, that I had never been able to before. I could not anticipate how incredibly it would be change me as a person and as an artist. I traded my NY skyscrapers and busy streets for mesas and dirt roads; but I the people I've connected with and the relationships I've formed have really enriched and permanently changed me in such a meaningful way.
Bringing my ten years of filmmaking to the classroom gave me a chance to realize where i have come as an artist since I began this journey. Seeing the elation and the revelation in the eyes of my students was such a rewarding experience and I'll cherish those moments in the classroom forever.
As I write this I'm still living in New Mexico and I've found a new home here for a new me and it's all tied to my time with my fellowship.
Submitted by Jake Wachtel - Palo Alto United States | November 20, 2016
In lieu of writing a comprehensive review of the program, I feel moved to share a story. One that I feel encapsulates what was intensely challenging but extraordinarily rewarding about the program.
Sopheap is 12, she is a student in my youngest class. She is generally taciturn and has a hard time cooperating with others. This is understandable given the stress she is under this year; her mom has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and her extended family has been having great difficulty to pay for the cost of medicine. For much of the time I know her, she is under the constant pall of her mother’s imminent death. Compounding the fact, her father ran out on the family to stay with his mistress many years previously, and her biggest brother has joined a local gang that sells meth. When things get especially serious with her mom, her dad actually returns to pitch in as he can, and miraculously, against the odds of the doctor’s prediction, mom has survived through the end of the school year, but the prognosis is still shaky. Needless to say, as a teacher and outsider, this is absolutely heartbreaking to witness.
In this time of final projects, the culmination for this class is to make a super hero movie about a heroine named “Student Girl” who battles the nefarious “Drop-Out Boy.” Sophia has never acted in a film up to this point, she always refuses. Somehow, I convince her to try out being the lead for just one scene, where mild-mannered student Sopheap disappears into a bathroom, and through the magic of a jump cut a jump cut, emerges as the omnipotent Student Girl. Showing Sopheap the results of this scene was enough to hook her; I never saw her smile so big. She ended up throwing herself into the role of Student Girl, giggling and working hard and being creative with her peers the whole time. She really came out of her shell for the first time. I expect it was very meaningful for her to get to see herself as powerful, with a sense of agency that she had never experienced.
This was just one of many stories from my time teaching filmmaking in Cambodia. If you are up for the challenge, I suggest you go out there and unknot some stories of your own; you won’t regret it.
FWB fellowship in Bangladesh 2015-2016 review
Submitted by Dr Tiffany Cone - Dunedin New Zealand | July 13, 2016
I was lucky to pilot the one year FWB Fellowship program at the Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh. I came to this opportunity having just finished a PhD. I was instantly attracted by the opportunity to engage directly with a diverse community, to move back to the world of visual media after years of being absorbed in words, and to develop myself as a filmmaker/artist/researcher/teacher.
The FWB Fellowship allowed all of this and more. What is most unique and wonderful about the FWB Fellowship in Bangladesh are the students you get to work with. AUW is home to young women from 16 different countries across Asia. They are brave, strong and passionate young people with so much to offer and contribute, and the chance to work with them directly was deeply moving and inspiring. Quite apart from having the chance to pursue my own film projects in a culturally rich country, I learnt so much from working with these young women, and experienced a lot of warmth and support from my time there. The fact that it's a placement at a university site also suited me really well and helped me transition into the next phase of my career.
If you are a media specialist, storyteller, filmmaker, photographer, anthropologist - consider this fantastic opportunity. You will be deeply appreciated by your students, and given much support by FWB staff in helping to make the experience as successful and rewarding as possible.
Teaching media in Thailand
Submitted by Kwame Phillips | July 12, 2016
I came to the Filmmakers Without Borders programme from graduate school. Having spent a significant amount of time in academia, I wanted to do something that allowed me to continue working in education, but that was more applied and involved directly in community work. FWB was the perfect opportunity to combine a passion for teaching, a passion for media and a passion for giving back.
I most appreciated the emphasis on making a meaningful connection with the communities I worked in. I lived amongst the people in Thailand, right next to the school, right beside the Buddhist temple. I ate with my neighbours, I had late evening conversations with monks, I adopted a dog. Most importantly, I formed a strong bond with my students, who flourished from the teaching provided that gave them freedom to be imaginative and creative. The equipment provided by FWB allowed for every student to have access to a camera and to learn how to use it produce videos and photos that were not only fun but educational. At the end of the programme, we put on a film festival in the village and invited friends, parents and other community members to see the work that the students had done. It was a wonderful and proud experience.
As a fellow, I was always supported and made to feel that my efforts were appreciated. The curriculum provided gave me a solid base from which to work and to feel anchored, but I was given the freedom to inject my own practices and personality into the classroom. Outside of the classroom, in my own film work, I was given constant feedback and encouragement, which helped me to grow as an artist.
FWB is an incredible opportunity to teach media literacy to underserved communities. It allowed for the use of technology to empower students to take control of their education in a unique way, to tell their own stories and to use professional equipment. It stretched me as a person and allowed me to experience a different culture in a direct, non-exploitative manner. It afforded me the opportunity to share my own culture with new people. It was a genuinely amazing and life changing experience, something that even now continues to positively influence me. I made life-long friends, but most importantly, I believe I made an impact on the lives of the students I taught.
Teaching filmmaking in Honduras
Submitted by Pedro Branco - Brasília | February 09, 2015
When I first learnt about the FWB initiative, I was immediately drawn to it by the awesome opportunity it would give me to explore a different culture while doing what I love. The fact that there were other people across other countries doing the same was just as exciting as it sounds! Not only I had the hands-on cultural exchange from my direct experience, but I was also learning from what was going on in the other places.
FWB provided me with an outstanding curriculum with concise lesson plans, examples and activities, as well as lots extra reading materials. This made the teaching flow easily and smoothly, allowing me to struggle less with class mechanics and focus more on the kids and in getting them to engage with each other and with the filmmaking process.
The coolest thing is the cultural exchange you get when it comes the time to run the Connected Classrooms project: you and your students basically create a film with students from another country via online collaboration. If this sounds amazing is just because it really is!
As an FWB fellow, I was also constantly being encouraged to take my creative work to higher levels. Through an intensive and rewarding flow of materials like photos and videos, I was able to unleash my imagination and systematically explore the new reality that surrounded me. The progressive logic built in the programme, and the constant feedback I received from the NYC staff allowed me to finetune some of my skills and learn new ways to deal with increasingly challenging tasks. Also, the equipment package provided by FWB basically covers all your needs as a filmmaker (I personally didn't bring any equipment with me and did just fine).
When it came the time to leave Honduras, my general feeling was that I had really impacted not only the kids, but also the whole community. I had become a well-known figure, and I knew I mattered to those people as much as they mattered to me. In the end, leaving was hard, but also rewarding, because I could see the footprint I had left behind. And it was beautiful.