• The Hakawati Project is a Berlin based non-profit collaboration with The Sundance Institute bringing together A-list international cinema artists in various disciplines to mentor refugee youth from Syria and other conflict zones through creative workshops in screenwriting, acting, directing, cinematography, editing, directing and music composition drawing from the current 80,000 refugee community in the German capital.
  • Through this intersection, young Syrians and youth from other refugee communities will be given a platform to tell their stories – whatever they may be, and to therefore be given a voice, an opportunity to be witnessed, to connect with each other and their host country, to heal, to create community. To be human amidst soul crushing life circumstances as a result of the global refugee crisis precipitated by the war in Syria and other humanitarian catastrophes.
  • Simultaneously, to have these first hand stories of experience as a result of this crisis be heard by the global community is educational for those of us on the receiving end of our young hakawatis – giving us the gift of witnessing, listening, connecting, learning and embracing. An opportunity to deeply feel our own humanity. A vital and necessary alternative to narratives available to us through journalism and media.
  • We believe storytelling is an entry to empathy and can inspire change: providing young hakawatis an opportunity to learn, to be witnessed and to heal, while allowing the global community to hear and engage with their stories and their experience - providing the entry to empathy required to inspire the collective action needed to resolve the refugee crisis.