“Cyprus De-coloured” represents the work of a bi-communal group of young Cypriots who call themselves the “Fourteen Thinking-Hats” (after Edward De Bono’s “six thinking-hats” – ways of finding different perspectives on an issue to see it more holistically).
The story of this project begins at the end of October 2010 when the 14 of us gathered in Lofou for a weekend of training (called Re:Act! Youth Leaders' Training) about peace-building and non-violent activism.
Less than a week later, several members of our group joined the Rainbow Festival that took place in Larnaca, coinciding with an anti-immigration march. We were deeply shocked by the scenes of violence that erupted. One member of our group, musician Sertunc Akdogdu, was attacked in a back street by masked youths carrying knives and clubs, and stabbed in the stomach.
We met again a few days later and decided to channel our shock and horror into concrete action. Through this film, we aim to create a platform for dialogue on the issues of multiculturalism and racial harmony in Cyprus. Enjoy and please feel free to share and comment.
Re:Act! Youth leaders' training (and the workshops that followed) were organised within the framework of the Youth Activism project funded by UNDP ACT II, by 3 organisations belonging to the Cyprus Network for Youth Development: the Mediation Association, Future World Centre and the Cyprus Environmental Studies Centre.