Changemakers in Turkey

  1. Istanbul is a truly dynamic city, full of paradoxes and historical treasures, with an exploding population of over 20 million people. Its perpetual industrialization spearheaded by the government and the disproportionate financial opportunities available in the city continues to draw people from within and outside of Turkey.

    Zumbara is a time-banking community that facilitates thousands of exchanges between people in Istanbul and in other cities in Turkey. It believes that 'another world is possible', in which people are less preoccupied with money, and more embracing of values that have become crucial in an increasingly urbanized world: these include trust, community, gratitude, and integrity.

    "Ihtiyacınız Olan Her Şey" (Everything We Need) introduces the vision of Zumbara through the experience of Burcu Ünal- a regression therapist, student, and mother living in Istanbul.

    For more information visit zumbara.com

    This video was produced on location by an Actuality Media student crew and shot primarily with a Canon XA10.

    Producer: Soomin Park
    Director: Rachel E. Lee
    Cinematographer: Nora Kiridly

    Actuality Media is on the ground with every student crew to oversee production of these short documentaries, providing the services of executive producer, production manager, location scout, additional editing, and whatever else is needed to complete the project.
    We are more than a film study abroad program. We are a service learning organization that takes students and young professionals abroad to create media on changemakers in developing communities around the world. Our films spread the word about nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs who are implementing innovative, new ideas to combat chronic social problems. Find out more about our work and adventures at actualitymedia.org

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  2. “If you think these refugees need just food and clothes and medicine, you are looking at them like animals.
    But human beings are different.” - Muzaffer Baca, International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation

    Around the globe the eyes of all people are on Syria, watching who is fighting who, focusing on what may come tomorrow. All that viewers see are fighters, and victims who have lost their lives - but there are far more victims than that. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the country, including an incredibly large number of children. They are suffering now, and if they are not helped the world will suffer tomorrow.

    International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation (Uluslararası Mavi Hilal İnsani Yardım ve Kalkınma Vakfı’nın) is an organization that works to alleviate suffering, hunger, and illiteracy among all people. This film looks at the work IBC does with Syrian refugees near the Turkish border to improve their lives, focusing on psychosocial aid for the children.

    For more information visit ibc.org.tr

    This video was produced on location by an Actuality Media student crew and shot primarily with a Canon XA10.

    Producer: Stephanie Capper
    Director: Chloe Keil
    Cinematographer: Tom Gilkey
    Editor: Ona Wang

    Actuality Media is on the ground with every student crew to oversee production of these short documentaries, providing the services of executive producer, production manager, location scout, additional editing, and whatever else is needed to complete the project.
    We are more than a film study abroad program. We are a service learning organization that takes students and young professionals abroad to create media on changemakers in developing communities around the world. Our films spread the word about nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs who are implementing innovative, new ideas to combat chronic social problems. Find out more about our work and adventures at actualitymedia.org

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  3. Asuman is an artist in Turkey.
    After her children grew up she was relieved of the duties of a housewife and wanted to make a career. While searching for a career in art, her lifelong interest, she encountered Eyüp toys, traditional 17th century toys once constructed in her part of Istanbul .
    With the help of Kadın Emeğini Değerlendirme Vakfı (KEDV), also known as Foundation for the Support of Women's Work, Asuman learned to organize a cooperative and makes friends with the women that will help her build Eyüp Toys. While she continues to improve her skills with so-called "masculine" tools in the workshop, Asuman helps other women who also want to be empowered and pursue their passion.
    Now a formal cooperative, the Eyüp Oyuncakçıları is not only a toy-making factory but also a community center for local women and a learning center for children. Through Eyüp Toys, Asuman has found a community she feels comfortable in, and can teach the next generation not only to follow tradition, but also to follow their desire.

    For more information visit kedv.org.tr/

    This video was produced on location by an Actuality Media student crew and shot primarily with a Canon XA10.

    Producer: Ji Yun (Karen) Sung
    Director: Menglan Chen
    Cinematographer: Erin Turney
    Editor: Yuhao (Edward) Cai

    Actuality Media is on the ground with every student crew to oversee production of these short documentaries, providing the services of executive producer, production manager, location scout, additional editing, and whatever else is needed to complete the project.
    We are more than a film study abroad program. We are a service learning organization that takes students and young professionals abroad to create media on changemakers in developing communities around the world. Our films spread the word about nonprofits, NGOs and social entrepreneurs who are implementing innovative, new ideas to combat chronic social problems. Find out more about our work and adventures at actualitymedia.org

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  4. Documentary coming soon.
    http://www.SilenceAfterTheStorm.com
    http://www.facebook.com/SilenceAfterTheStorm
    http://www.twitter.com/SATS_Film

    In midst of an existential threat to the indigenous Assyrians by ISIS, the filmmaker travels back to his ancestral homeland, Syria, on a journey of nostalgia and discovery.

    Synopsis:
    After ISIS kidnapped many of his relatives in Syria, Fadi, a local Assyrian artist, reflects on his people’s dire condition with both profound and ironic thoughts. While he works on his new art piece at his rundown workshop, a filmmaker from Los Angeles travels back to his war-torn ancestral homeland aiming to expose atrocities and search for hope.

    The film shot in Turkey Iraq and Syria in Spring 2015.

    Directing and Cinematography by:
    Sargon Saadi

    Cast:
    Fadi Khiyo
    Savina Dawood
    Nicholas Al-Jeloo
    Sargon Saadi

    Sponsored by:
    Kanusoft (Akkad Saadi),
    Assyrian Aid Society,
    A Demand For Action,
    Institute for Global Engagement.

    Music by:
    Malek Gawrieh
    Edwin Elieh.

    http://www.SilenceAfterTheStorm.com
    http://www.facebook.com/SilenceAfterTheStorm

    For questions please Email at info@SilenceAfterTheStorm.com
    All rights reserved. 2015

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