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Funded INTEGRATION IN ACTION! Film Summer Camp for Young Refugees and Migrants

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Berlinale 2016 and bzfo e.V. help refugees to find a worthwhile future in dignity. Your donation allows for comprehensive support in coping with traumatic experiences and for full participation in social, cultural and everyday life.

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During the film summercamp young refugees and migrants creatively deal with their experiences in their home countries, during their flight, with discrimination, problems at school or within their families.

They gain selfconfidence, and learn to tolerate and respect others. Our media pedagogue Mervete Bobaj und Dr. Boris Friele, psychologist at the center, have planned an unforgettable workshop where well-known filmmakers provide them with professional knowledge.

With a sensitive approach the young people learn to deal with discrimination, intolerance and social deprivation they experience in everyday life. The project aims at creating a base for social togetherness and offering a good environment for learning, appreciation, and moreover for future perspectives. The film camp is bearing fruits – not least because of the applause from a broad audience. For films from former workshops see vimeo/zfmsoziokultur.


“I was surprised, because I never thought I could do it so well. I´m very happy with our results and with what my team has contributed to the film“, says one of the participants. Another young men points out: “You gain a lot of self confidence producing a film with others watching you. You stand tall. “


Since 1992 the bzfo offers medical and psychotherapeutic treatment as well as social assistance for torture survivors and victims of (civil) war conflicts who suffer from severe physical and psychological injuries. In 2015 more than 600 adults, children and unaccompanied minors have benefited from our support. The majority comes from Syria, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Kosovo, Lebanon, Eritrea and more than 50 other countries. In 2013 the bzfo launched a special interdisciplinary program for newly arrived refugees in need of basic medical and psychosocial support as well as of counseling.

The bzfo is financed by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, the United Nations, the EU, by funds from the public healthcare system and by sponsors and numerous private donors.

Under the umbrella brand Center UEBERLEBEN the bzfo, the Center for Migration and Refugee Services, the Ueberleben Foundation for Victims of Torture and the non-profit organization Catania cooperate closely to give refugees, migrants and victims of violence the chance to have a dignified future. The Center offers a wide range of support from rehabilitation to social integration aimed at full participation in social, cultural and everyday life.

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