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Displaced in Media Training Course

Refugees have entered European countries, but they haven’t entered the public sphere. When they do, it is as characters in other people’s stories – desperate faces, surging hoards and floating bodies – something ‘other’. We rarely hear from young refugees as experts or legitimate voices.

The strategic partnership “Displaced In Media” is set up to contribute to a European innovative and collaborative infrastructure that supports refugee participation through media. We do this because if refugees and migrants are to become citizens of Europe, we believe they need to be participants in – rather than subjects of – public debate.
Between March 27th and April 2nd 2017 over thirty journalists, film makers, photographers, media educators and social workers from all over Europe took part in a peer-to-peer training hosted at Ondertussen in Amsterdam. Throughout the five-day training the participants presented their work, gave each other feedback on their local challenges and worked together on methodologies to include refugee perspectives into the European public sphere.

The participants will test these methodologies in their local practices and exchange their experiences and outcomes on ECF Lab Hacking the Veil. In spring 2018 the group will meet again in Seville to develop a recipe book for refugee inclusion through media.

The Return of the Fraffi

The Fraffi is back! Our Friday Afternoon Film is returning to social media. First up is Memories: Remembering War, as this week marks the centenary of the Armenian Genocide.



This film was made by Erhan Arik (born 1984) from Turkey. The aim of the project was to tour the villages on either side of the Turkish-Armenian border and listen to stories, meaning a journey that will extend from Kars in the north to the southernmost tip. And by listening to the stories of Turkish people, which represent a source of fear for the Armenians, and the stories of Armenians, which represent a source of paranoia for the Turks, they set out to rediscover the essence and spirit of Anatolia, to revive the memory we are letting slip by the day…

Each week, on Friday afternoon we’ll be picking a film from our Media Collection and posting it on our Doc Next Network Facebook page. Where possible it will be tied in to current events, such as our first of the new series, but occasionally it will be triggered by a recollection we’ve had, a story we heard or even just one that we think should be shared. We’ll contextualise the film as we have above, and link to it on Vimeo. A good way to take a break as the weekend approaches!

Doc Next Media Collection on Resourcespace

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The Doc Next Media Collection currently has a private space for researchers, media makers and professional distributors who need to access the database and download the material in high quality for screening or remix purposes. This platform is ResourceSpace and a username and password is required to get access.

The media works in the collection have versions with English subtitles and without subtitles, as well as the dialogue list (transcripts) in English. In ResourceSpace you can search through the collection by country, age and gender of maker, type of media, themes and categories.

We can help you to curate thematic collections, and we can guide you through the whole collection and its international community of media-makers.

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Curated Playlists
The Doc Next Media Collection | Doc Next on VimeoDoc Next on ResourceSpace | Curated Playlists MCstills-couchsurfing Our Media Collection can be used as a device for storytelling and for illustrating different issues in contemporary Europe. As an example, we have invited some key figures to create curated playlists of videos from our archive that follow a particular idea.

María Yáñez curates: The Ones That Stay

María Yáñez (digital media maker and researcher ) is Doc Next Networks first guest curator. Delving into our Media Collection, she selected a route guided by a personal intimate view that inspired by Galicia, the community where she lives, called The Ones that Stay. Galicia is one of the provinces in Spain with a high rate of emigration. Young people are moving elsewhere, making Galicia ‘s population one of the most aged in Europe. María looks at the people who stay and take care of the ‘homeland’. As a starting point María uses Doc Next’s videos from Turkey, Poland, the UK and Spain, in which people speak about their ‘local’ worries. María’ s choice sketches the relation between a changing demography, capitalism and migration as seen by the elderly in Europe. The Ones that Stay have to struggle against the drain of people and resources in Europe’s small villages – a process of expropriation which is almost unstoppable. In these small villages María finds the Europe she can identify with.

Necati Sonmez curates: Resist to Exist

To resist or not to exist? According to our Turkish guest curator Necati Sonmez, that’s the question. When asked to curate a selection of Doc Next videos, he decided on a frame in line with the theme of this year’s Which Human Rights? Film Festival: #resistance. Obviously  inspired by the Gezi Park revolts that took place in June 2013, coinciding with the DOCUMENTARIST Istanbul Documentary Days, of which Necati Sonmez is one of the initiators.

From Necati’s point of view, any act of resistance occurs against borders – the attempts that restrict our lives and freedom. Resistance is the essential to exist. Resisting is not only a political act but also a matter of existence.

Edwin Bendyk curates: Respect, appreciation, solidarity

Who is a stranger? Who is one of us? The mechanisms of ‘stranger production’ inspired thousands of writers, many films were dedicated to it, some masterpieces among them. One might think that the problem of exclusion and excluding was moved to scientific archives and libraries. But instead, we often wonder if an open inclusive community, based on respect and appreciation for everyone, is just an episode of history. Edwin Bendyk, Polish writer and journalist, selected Doc Next Network films inspired by this question. Edwin Bendyk is interested mostly in topics revolving around the theme of social transformations. His research is focused on how developments in science and technology impact our culture and social life, our politics and the economy.

Campaigning for the Commons

Related to our project Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons we have also curated 4 playlists that can help the campaigns in which our four medialabs are working. This is another way to show how can the DNN videos be used for campaigning and advocacy:

Opening the heart of the city (Poland Medialab)

Making the city liveable (Turkey Medialab)

Finding a home in the city  (UK Medialab)

Taking back the city (Spain Medialab)

Are you a curator?

Do you want to curate the Media Collection videos?  Just make a public playlist and share it with us, adding some context or story about why have you selected those videos. We can publish it here and spread it through our network.

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We use Vimeo to showcase our videos and curate playlists. It is not an archive, but most of our archive’s categories, as well as curated subcollections, are presented in Vimeo as channels.

Media Collection categories


Films made by, with and for young people

Kidsploitation Films about young people in cities – often with time on their hands
Young Eyes Life viewed through young people’s eyes
Teen Soapbox Teens share their opinions
Teen Drama Homemade dramas mostly made by teens and young people



Films made of personal and collective memories

Memory Prompts Using objects and buildings to explore the past
Remembering Communism Remembering the legacy of the Soviet Union in today’s Europe
Remembering War Films looking at the legacy of conflict, fighting and borders.


Watching Places

Films documenting places and the people who live in them

Watching the city Little glimpses of life in the city by day and night.
Watching the countryside Living in the European countryside
Watching small towns Portraits of places and people who live there


Social Struggles

The frontlines and faultlines of politics and power

Urban Change How cities are changed, what is lost and gained. Top down, bottom up
Chomsky’s Filters Revealing and subverting agendas in everyday media
The European Crisis Experiences of Europe’s Economic Crisis
Authoritarianism Films about oppression, exclusion and exploitation.
Civic Complaints Films providing a way to complain about urban life
Poverty People living on the margins.
Protests Films documenting European protests since 2011


Identities & Interests

Experiences of individuals and groups with whom they identify

Ageing Society Europe’s aging populations
Migrant Experiences Films about their feelings, struggles and dilemmas.
The Roma Windows on the Roma in Europe.
Disablism Films that touch on being significantly physically and mentally different to the norm
Liberating Women Talking about women, their rights, perceptions and representations
Labels for people Films about created and imposed identities.
Hybrid Identity People and places reconciling two established identities


Everyday Life

Documenting people at work, at play and in love

Transgressions Films about skating, rebellion and breaking conventions
Love Love, intimacy and its price with people, places and animals.
Pleasure People finding pleasure in hobbies, music and gardens.
Work Snapshots of people at work
Community Films about volunteering and communities supporting themselves



Videos to feel more than read

Vibes Videos that don’t seem to be about much specifically but create a strong ‘mood’
Dreamstates Dreamy films and surreal stories.


Other channels

DNN projects
About Doc Next Network Project trailers, making of, interviews and other promo materials.
Radical Democracy Video Challenge. Showcase of the 30 finalists.
Remapping Europe: a Remix Project. 46 videos

Guest curators
María Yáñez curates: The Ones That Stay. 10 videos
Necati Sonmez curates: Resist to Exist. 10 videos
Edwin Bendyk curates: Respect, appreciation, solidarity. 10 videos

Videos to #ReclaimTheCommons
Poland: Opening the heart of the city  15 videos
Turkey: Making the city liveable 21 videos
UK: Finding a home in the city  21 videos
Spain: Taking back the city 16 videos

We also follow some of the hubs’ channels, like Gezi MODE, that appears in our Channels list.

DNN has also used groups to gather content related to different projects, such as Remapping Europe and Radical Democracy Video Contest or even the whole DNN Media Collection. These groups are open to external members and are moderated by DNN.

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Reclaiming the Commons: MODE Istanbul in The Guardian

Doc Next Network partners MODE Istanbul recently had their work with Sokak Bizim, a Turkish NGO dedicated to making cities more liveable, displayed on The Guardian Witness. Here we explore some of their project’s themes through a curated playlist from our Media Collection.

In light of Istanbul’s insistence to continue plans to redevelop Gezi Park, The Guardian Witness recently put out a call for content about civic movements seeking to defend public space. Our partners at MODE Istanbul responded to that call, and you can currently see their work with Sokak Bizim (“Streets Belong to Us”) displayed on their page.

The goal of Sokak Bizim is to engage in placemaking activities that breathe life back into the public spaces that are so rapidly being devoured by the Turkish government’s ferocious pursuit of urbanisation. As streets are cleared of people to make way for capital, the city’s pulse quickens. The pace of human life struggles to catch up, but rarely does. The constant sense of urgency only adds to the anxiety, in a feedback loop of personal stress and social tension. Genuine moments of peace become fewer and further between:
Mobile Inner Peace (Mobil İç Huzur) is just one selection from a playlist of content from the Doc Next Network archive that was lovingly curated by María Yañez to explore some of the themes underlying Sokak Bizim and MODE Istanbul’s campaign to make their city more liveable. There are curated playlists for each of our local Reclaiming the Commons campaigns (in Poland, Spain and the UK, in addition to Turkey), which we will highlight here over the coming weeks. We invite you to explore these videos and make them yours by playing with them, chopping them up, remixing them or integrating them into your own DIY creations. Like our public spaces, they are there to be shared.

Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons

A new project seeks to amplify the message of local struggles between citizens and urbanisation processes in Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

The world seems to be flooded by an unending wave of indignation and political unrest. The media sphere extends beyond the printed press and television news, into our personalised social networks, evoking a constant stream of images: fluctuating markets, stagnating economies, vibrant multitudes, insurgent violence. It is all too overwhelming to take in, as the simultaneity of events reduces voices to indistinguishable frequencies in a wall of noise. It’s as if anything can spark widespread revolt, like a park in Istanbul, a squat in Barcelona, or the price of a metro ticket in Rio de Janeiro.

The Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons project tunes out the broader context of global unrest and tunes in to the local level at which the protests take place, so we may hear the common theme that binds them. That theme is citizens seeing their right to decide what kind of communities they want to live in denied by faceless processes far-removed from local reality, and certainly not accountable to it. As social ecologist Murray Bookchin once put it, “city space, with its human propinquity, distinctive neighbourhoods and humanly scaled politics—like rural space, with its closeness to nature, its high sense of mutual aid and its strong family relationships—is being absorbed by urbanisation, with its smothering traits of anonymity, homogenisation, and institutional gigantism.”

In the midst of the wildcat general strikes and decentralised occupations that defined May 1968 in France, the sociologist Henri Lefèbvre wrote that these types of protests were claiming peoples’ “right to the city”, which he defined as a demand for “a transformed and renewed access to urban life”.

In more recent years, David Harvey has revived the concept, writing that:

“The right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city. It is, moreover, a common rather than an individual right, since this transformation inevitably depends upon the exercise of a collective power to reshape the processes of urbanisation.”

These concepts, together with the understanding that protest is fundamentally a form of caring for our communities, are what guide Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons. With support from the Open Society Initiative for Europe and the European Cultural Foundation, the project highlights and empowers social agents who are proposing radical changes in the way society participates in common spaces. These social agents come from Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The goal of Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons is to increase the visibility of their local struggles and maximise their social impact using the networked medialabs of the Doc Next Network to produce socially engaged media with a lasting impact on public debates.

14296731209_ed74d90edb_o.jpgThe People’s Assembly in Parliament Square, London. Lee Nichols.

Poland: Opening the heart of the city

In the heart of Warsaw, tucked away in the lush green tangles where John Lennon Street meets Jazdów, lies a community of small rural houses. Established by the USSR in 1945 as a part of Finnish war reparations, they form an enticing island of tranquility in the capital’s urban landscape, and a living monument to the city’s 20th century history. Yet in recent years, city officials have decided that they would rather replace this area with the glass skyscrapers so typical of large city centres. In response to this, social activists responded by organising Otwarty Jazdów (Open Jazdów), a grassroots initiative that includes current and former Jazdów residents, community organizations, local activists and young politicians trying to stop the demolition of the houses by promoting Jazdow as a common space for the city’s inhabitants. It is a process that is similar to what activists are doing in the neglected, formerly industrial Ursus district. Starting in 2012, people in this district have been organising actions that criticise the urban decay it has been subjected to, informing the public of residents’ unmet needs and promoting the district’s history through the bottom-up creation of a Social Museum. As each of these campaigns uses the institutional and grassroots tools at their disposal in their disputes with city officials, Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons will help amplify their message so that they can achieve their goals.

Turkey: Making the city liveable

The neoliberal city is the motor of Erdogan’s Turkey. Its booming economy is the result of a massive construction bubble fed by mega-projects operating on a city- and even country-wide scale, and the increasing surveillance and repression of dissent are constant reminders of the authoritarian impulse behind this urbanisation. It is a transformation that is having profoundly inegalitarian results, with middle-class flight into gated communities, deteriorating public facilities and increasing insecurity in the streets beyond the gates. In these circumstances, making the city liveable can be a form of dissent. Sokak Bizim (“Streets Belong to Us”) is an NGO focused on human-centred cities and streets in Istanbul, which they engage from the perspective of pedestrians, cyclists, children, elderly and disabled people. They are best known for their “Streets Belong to Us Once a Month” events, in which they transform lifeless spaces subsumed by the functionality of neoliberal urbanisation into festive ones, to promote community-building activities and create common spaces for citizens. Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons intends to amplify Sokak Bizim’s message through the work of its networked medialabs and interaction with the other local hubs.

United Kingdom: Finding a home in the city

In London, urbanisation is pricing citizens further and further away from the places they called home. Housing prices have soared recently by up to 20% from one year to another, yet nearly 12% of residents have too few rooms in their dwellings for the number of people living in them. As waiting lists for council housing grow endless, council housing itself is being privatised along with social housing. Though some policymakers and urbanists consider this to be just another part of a process of “urban regeneration”, many citizens are fed up with their powerlessness and the lack of rights for renters. In some cases, they have begun to organise and disobey. In Hackney, squatters occupied the Central Police Station citing that they simply could not find affordable housing. And many of the squatters who occupied Carpenters Estate in the fall of 2014 cited a lack of social housing as the motive behind their occupation. As London’s housing and renters’ rights movement progresses, Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons seeks to both champion and connect London’s often disparate tenants organisations, and respond to the city’s increasingly polarised housing market.

Spain: Taking back the city

For the last several years, Spain has been a laboratory for bottom-up organisation and empowerment. The 15M movement that began in 2011 not only managed to set the political agenda by framing the euro crisis and austerity as contrary to democratic principles, but also generate countless neighbourhood assemblies and amplify pre-existing assembly-based movements, such as the multicoloured mareas (tides) for social rights and the Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca (the PAH or Mortgage Victims’ Platform). However, the ability of these movements to gather support from the vast majority of the country’s population did not translate to much in the way of institutional change, despite their efforts to use all of the formal mechanisms at their disposal. As people grew increasingly frustrated with the indifference of the political class, many began to perceive an institutional glass ceiling. Thus, 2014 saw the emergence of new electoral experiments that not only spoke the language of the post-2011 social movements, but also contained some of their most familiar faces. This is especially true in the case of Guanyem (Catalan for “Let’s Win”) Barcelona and Ganemos (Spanish for “Let’s Win”) Madrid, municipal candidacies composed of prominent activists, community organisations and some political parties, which seek to activate citizen control in Spain’s two largest cities through a bottom-up politics of proximity and direct democratic practices. Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons will document this process as experienced by the ordinary citizens it engages.

Over the coming months, Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons will act as a microphone for the voices involved in all of these local struggles. By doing so, and by offering a common framework for interpreting what these apparently local struggles mean at a more global level, the project hopes to lower the volume on the noise that currently dominates the media sphere to offer the clarity needed to take steps towards making radical democracy a common reality.

Radical Democracy Video Challenge: Award Ceremony + Screening

On May 18, the ten best videos of Radical Democracy: European Video Challenge 2014 will be screened at the Planete+ Doc Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland – in the heart of Europe. The Award Ceremony marks the highlight of the Radical Democracy Challenge, which was launched three months ago.

Finalist #6: THE TREES OF GEZI by Italo Rondinella amongst others. It's Gezi through the eyes of 10-year old Selma.

Finalist #6: THE TREES OF GEZI by Italo Rondinella amongst others. It’s Gezi through the eyes of 10-year old Selma.

On February 17, Doc Next Network called on media makers, social activists and critical thinkers to take a stand: to share their views on ‘Europe’, reflect on alternatives, and create new narratives for an open society. A total of 212 media makers from across Europe responded and submitted their work.  (more…)

Wanted: Communications Coordinator for “Radical Democracy for Europe”.

Implemented by Doc Next Network, “Radical Democracy for Europe” is a project that seeks to engage digital media makers in Europe -via the audio-visual works they create- to express their opinions and to take part in an inclusive public discourse around elections-related topics, such as radical democracy, civic engagement and political participation.

We are looking to temporary hire a communications coordinator for this project.

The first and most imminent phase of the project, the “European Elections 2014 – Call For Videos”, is designed as a campaign to raise awareness around the European Parliament elections to be held in May 2014.
The call aims to collect and share ‘socially and politically engaged’ videos that capture the views of both professional and Do-It-Yourself media makers on what living in Europe means and how ‘democracy’ is perceived on local, national and European levels – by instigating a debate where social/cultural communities, citizens and civil society in Europe are involved.

The questions to be tackled in the project are:
What does democracy mean? How can the notion of radical democracy be communicated and incorporated in our lives? What are the changes we would like to see in our societies? What are the values and goals that are needed to bring about these changes? What is prosperity, welfare, growth? How can they be achieved? How is power distributed, how shall it be distributed? What role do national and European level elections play, how can they be enhanced? How can the local communities be heard and engaged in decision-making processes? What role can and shall the citizens and civil society play?

Profile of the Communications Coordinator

For this project, we are looking for a Communications Coordinator, who:

  • handles main tasks related to communications and pr strategy of the project on an international level in a collaborative effort with the project team: develops the online/offline communications and pr strategy; identifies and liaises with organizations, platforms and networks in Europe to disseminate the call and all project activities on an international level; creates the content for online/offline communication materials;
  • has good knowledge and access to European-wide networks of culture and media organizations and civil society;
  • has proven excellent English (speaking and writing) skills;
  • has excellent communications and social media skills (especially main platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) + command over social media tool;
  • has knowledge about open and free culture approaches and is familiar with Creative Commons licenses, digital content, etc. 
  • is enthusiastic and has an open and curious approach;
  • can attend meetings, trainings and other events throughout the project, with frequent travel in different countries in Europe.

The Communications Coordinator might work in a team effort with a Communications Officer, who can provide assistance in the design and implementation of social media strategies. 

How to apply

Please send a motivation letter + CV on or before 5 January 2014 to with the subject:  RDE Communications Coordinator. (Please indicate the contact or platform that directed you to this notification). The complete activities plan will be shared on request.

Lab MODE showcases at Which Human Rights? Film Festival

MODE Istanbul organizes two showcases of selected Doc Next and Lab MODE media works at the 5th Which Human Rights Film Festival to be held in Istanbul between December 14th and 18th, 2013.

Launched in 2009 on the occasion of the Human Rights Day, the Which Human Rights? Film Festival carried out by the Documentarist team celebrates its 5th edition between 14-18 December 2013. The festival showcases films from all around the world that deal with human rights issues, and the main theme of this year’s program is “resistance”. Audiences can download the full program of the festival here.

As part of this year’s festival program, MODE Istanbul will host two showcases of selected Doc Next and Lab MODE works: The first showcase Remapping Europe “Migration Stories” will be held on the 14th of December at 15:00 in SALT Beyoğlu. A 75-min selection of remixes completed at the Remapping Europe Creative Remix Ateliers by participants from Turkey, UK, Spain and Poland will be presented to the audiences.

The second showcase Lab MODE “Gezi Stories” will be held on 16th of December at 19:00 in Aynalı Geçit. The screening will include a selection of media works created as part of the Gezi (Media) Lab, launched at the onset of the protests to provide a space for young people to explore the Gezi Spirit and to produce new media works, individually and collectively. Gezi Lab was organized as part of the Lab MODE program, which includes various long-term projects and media labs of MODE Istanbul including Remapping Europe activities. 

A talk with the media makers will be held following each screening.

Read more about the screenings and selected works.