Last year, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), facilitated an intensive 5-months filmmaking program for Syrian youth newcomers, which I was approached to teach, in Arabic! That was challenging.
Five bright and enthusiastic young Syrians attended the Program, and 3 of them finished their short films by the end of it. Last month, LIFT held a screening of these short films, which all the students attended, along with their friends and family.
The feedback was great, and so LIFT is facilitating a similar program again this fall, which will be open to newcomers, ages 18 - 29. More details here.
Newcomer Filmmentor is supported out of LIFT’s operational revenue. Anyone wishing to support our programs can donate through Canada Helps.