Storytellers for Peace

Storytellers for Peace
Making peace through stories

Thursday, April 27, 2017

TAKS Community Art Centre

Today I’m glad to write about the TAKS Community Art Centre, from Gulu, Northern Uganda.
This a great initiative from Africa, that has such a wonderful Mission Statement: To engage the

people of Northern Uganda in the creative Arts so that they can reaffirm the richness of their culture, reassert their humanity, reestablish the value of their education, take pride in themselves and develop the skills which will help them find new options for their lives and eventually employment.
I think that is a very noble project and I visited the Youtube Channel too.
In particular, I appreciated the promotional video, but moreover the idea of sharing personal storytelling about women with a lot of memories to give, like Abwoyo Alice.
From the clip description: Most African people have always been convinced that when it comes to matters of serious brain work, it is only men who can handle them. However, with most traditions and cultures relaxing under the weight of development and enlightenment, women started gaining more access onto the public domain, exercising their God-given talents and qualities, hence proving such ancient beliefs wrong.
In Africa, oral transmission of tradition and culture has been the major means of preserving culture. However, this is almost totally phased out due to the various means of communication, precursor by writing. This explains why many traditional African societies lost their cultures. In Acholi sub-region, it is usually the elderly men who carry such wealth of the olden tradition, rich in knowledge and information. But one exceptional woman has beaten the odds and come out to show what a wealth of information she is to the people

Official website

Subscribe Newsletter

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Judith Zhu’s Storytelling Flowers

Well, that is what I used to call the tips for a good storytelling video.
I am talking about last clip by Judith Zhu.
First, you have to catch the audience attention. Not with a silly and dishonest marketing trick, but with an original idea.
As to put the video in horizontal vision, for example.
Second, if you are telling your story on a video, you should use images, action, music. In short, something should happen, but it’s not a movie, you have to simplify the plot in one, two minutes.
That’s exactly what miss Zhu did.
Finally, you have to leave the spectators with questions, not answers, doubts, no certainties. And I have a lot of curiosity about this work of her.
Anyway, here is what video’s description says: Shining love is as bright as flowers. People yearn for love, just like the love of flowers. However, when it comes to love, the pain will follow. In this short video, the actress have had a vigorous love. Looking at these flowers which are the symbol of her love, the struggle feeling came back in her heart. “I love you”, “I hate you” is always like the default of love. Entangled but beautiful.

Subscribe Newsletter

Friday, March 10, 2017

Storytellers for Peace video World Storytelling Day 2017

After Rudyard Kipling’s If, Imagine and Human Rights Day, here we are to a new clip from Storytellers for Peace.
World Storytelling Day is celebrated every year around the world near March 20.
This year's theme is transformation.
They tried to answer the following question: how writing and telling stories may transform the world in a better place?
Twelve storytellers from ten diverse nations tell their responses (with English subtitles):

In order of appearance:

Beatriz Montero (Spain)
Jozé Sabugo (Portugal)
Cecilia Moreschi (Italy)
Hamid Barole Abdu (Eritrea) 
Katharina Ritter (Germany)
Enrique Páez (Spain) 
Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher (Italy)
Sandra Burmeister G. (Chile)
D.M.S. Ariyrathne (Sri Lanka)
Juliana Marín (Colombia)
Mahfuz Jewel (Bangladesh)
Suzanne Sandow (Australia)

Storytellers for Peace is an international group of narrators who create collective stories through videos. Artists and stories are from all over the world and speak about peace, justice, equality and human rights. All participants tell one or more verses of the story in their first language. The project was created and is coordinated by Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher, author, storyteller, stage actor and director.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Children's Cemetery story by Juliana Marín

Well, that’s great, I have to emphasize it.
I am talking about the double clips that storyteller Juliana Marín made to tell an adaptation of The Seeker, story by Argentinian writer Jorge Bucay.
The title is The Children’s Cemetery and what is Juliana’s simple and genial idea? She told the tale in a real graveyard.
I my humble opinion that’s perfect, it makes the storytelling inevitably realistic and fascinating, using a true scenography as you might see in a movie or a documentary.
But we’re talking about video storytelling, so that’s very natural and logical.
Then, she made two videos, in English and Spanish, both enjoyable by a lot more of people.
Taking care of viewers, showing to know one of the most significant rule in storytelling: the audience is important as much the story is.

Subscribe Newsletter

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Storyteller Reads by Kamini Ramachandran

Today I’m glad to write about A Storyteller Reads, a very interesting initiative by the storyteller Kamini Ramachandran inside her channel about MoonShadow Stories.
From the description: 'A Storyteller Reads' is a video series showcasing translated works by Singapore writers. The six five-minute-long videos feature storyteller Kamini Ramachandran performing the English translations of selected Malay, Tamil and Chinese poetry and prose, as well as bilingual readings in Malay and English.
I think that’s a very important and useful way to share storytelling around the world. I also add that this is so urgent, today, to find a way for knowing and understanding better each other.

I believe that telling and listening stories is the perfect way.
Translation is a power, a friend told me long ago and moreover in these days we must use it.
About MoonShadow Stories, it is Singapore's premiere storytelling entity co-founded by Ramachandran in 2004, with the aim of promoting the lost art of the oral narrative tradition. MoonShadow Stories strongly believes that if we can re-introduce the beauty and wonder of storytelling to adults, then children will benefit. Hence, we were the pioneer contemporary storytellers in Singapore to spearhead storytelling for adults.

Other information about Kamini Ramachandran.

Subscribe Newsletter

Friday, December 9, 2016

Storytellers for Peace new video: Human Rights Day 2016

Here we are to a new video from Storytellers for Peace.

Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on 10 December.

Nine storytellers from all over the world tell their stories about human rights (with English subtitles):

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

BedPost Confessions

Well, this is very interesting and a very smart idea. Sharing stories about personal, sexual life, giving chance to people of revealing their secret tales.
Confession is the perfect word, in my humble opinion.
If you think, telling stories in general is a sort of strange kind of confession. You open to audience your imagination and visions for a different world inside the one we live.
Sexy part of it is something we hide, sometimes, so this great project is a way to complete the screen.
From the official website: When sex bloggers Julie Gillis and Sadie Smythe met sex podcaster Mia Martina in the fall of 2010, they envisioned a new kind of show for the Capitol of Live Music: one that explores sex and sexuality through lenses of humor and vulnerability (without sparing any racy details). That show is BedPost Confessions, which merges entertainment, ethics, and education.
I also suggest to watch their videos on the Youtube Channel.

Subscribe Newsletter