Capacity Building Workshop
 Lost in Narration
   March 2013
Francais ÚÑÈí


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The Dream of Shahrazad
Lost in Narration: Oral history and Palestinian schoolbooks
7th Jana International Film Festival for Children & Youth
The Roberto Cimetta Fund is Launching the second 2013 open call for travel grants

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About AEF

The Arab Education Forum is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization active in the Arab World in the field of community and youth work . The mission of AEF is to contribute to an Arab cultural regeneration project that springs out of the inherent knowledge and experiences within the Arab societies

Safar Grant

Grant applications for the Safar/Istikshaf program are accepted throughout the month. The grant selection committee looks at the submitted applications in the first week of every month, provided that the application is submitted at least one month before the date of travel. For more information


Citizens exchange dialogue "Dawrak".

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This project is funded by
the European Union

The Dream of Shahrazad

In 2012, Hakaya teamed up with Francois Verster, a professional filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa, to co-produce a feature-length documentary, entitled “The Dream of Shahrazad”. Inspired by the legacy of the renowned “1001 Nights”, the film sheds light on political expression before, during and after the Egyptian revolution. Characters draw their inspiration from “The 1001 Nights” and follow the suit of Shahrazad, using storytelling to save lives and consequently weaving a web of politics, music and storytelling.

Following is a link to the trailer and the film is expected to be released in May.

Lost in Narration: Oral history and Palestinian schoolbooks

Zarefa Ali describes in a commentary published online ( entitled “The missing narrative in Palestinian Schoolbooks,” how storytelling has been used for hundreds of years to narrate life, and how in the Palestinian context storytelling has been able to preserve Palestinian memories and “countering the dominant Zionist narrative of the Nakba”. Yet the Palestinian ministry of education has not recognized the power of storytelling and oral history in strengthening the educational system and giving “children a better sense and understanding of their own history.” This viewpoint is closely aligned with that of the Hakaya network partners where organizations such as ARCPA – Al Jana, Tamer Institute for Community Education, and The Arab Education Forum, amongst others, have been working for many years now on reclaiming people’s narratives into formal and informal learning settings and publications.

To read the full Commentary in English:
This commentary is also available in Arabic at:

7th Jana International Film Festival for Children & Youth

(October 2013)

The Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (ARCPA/AL-JANA) is launching the “7th International Film Festival for Children & Youth” to be held during October 2013 under the title “A Door to Multiculturalism”. Its main aim is to bridge gaps between communities and promote international linkages across cultures. Films to be displayed should be produced by or for children and youth. Productions made by children and youth under the age of 20 years are strongly encouraged. Moreover, all nationalities are encouraged to apply by sending their film.

Deadline for Submission: June 15, 2013
For more information and submission, contact with:

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is Launching the second 2013 open call for travel grants

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching the second 2013 open call for travel grants from 1st to 31st March 2013. Artists and cultural operators living and working in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa can apply in Arabic, English or French. Priority is given to mobility from the South and East of these regions.

The General Fund is open to all requests for travel grants that respect the eligibility criteria of RCF, whatever the destination of travel, the artistic discipline or the direction of mobility. The General Fund functions on an annual basis which means that candidates can apply for the March session and to the other sessions in June and September depending on the funding available.

Some grants for travel from the South on the General Fund are provided by the European Union as part of the Istikshaf programme.

The Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône and Marseille-Provence 2013 provide funding on two specific funding lines. Details concerning these funding lines are provided on the Cimetta Fund website

The following general criteria of RCF apply to all of these funds.
1) The aim of your trip must directly or indirectly show potential for a constructive and long-term impact on the arts sector in the Arab world. This means that your travel must contribute to your own capacity building, which in turn can be shared in a “networking” fashion that will benefit connecting artists and operators in your own country or region so as to maintain, renew and develop contemporary arts.

2) Your trip can take place as soon as the call opens but in this case you run the risk of buying your ticket without knowing if the application is successful or not.

3) Applicant’s profile
- No nationality or age criteria: Applicant lives or works in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
- Profession: performers, creators, teachers, cultural organisers, administrators, project leaders.
- Financial means: applicants who are unable to find the financial resources themselves.

4) Applications must be made by individuals not organisations. Only 3 members of a group can apply for a grant concerning the same project. A grant holder can only reapply twice. Applicants must choose the cheapest form of transport and can only apply for one international return travel ticket and visa costs (local transport, per diems and accommodation costs are not reimbursed).

The results are announced as follows:
Second session: 1st June 2013 (Deadline for receiving applications: 31/03/2013)
Third session: 1st September 2013 (Deadline for receiving applications: 30/06/2013)
Fourth session: 1st December 2013 (Deadline for receiving applications: 30/09/2013)

If you want to apply, please visit the Roberto Cimetta Fund’s website and fill in the contact form on the website The office of the Fund will send you the link to the online form to fill out.

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