“Cairde” is an organisation working with asylum seekers and refugees who are rurally isolated and socially excluded in northwest Ireland. It works through the arts to broaden the participants’ horizons and build their capacity for personal development. The young people working on this fi lm project were a very diverse group. It was a therapeutic process for them to consider their experiences. The young people were very committed to the project and worked hard on its success. They produced an anti-racism fi lm to show in schools, youth clubs, youth groups and community groups. The fi lm highlights the problems that people face when they come up against exclusion, discrimination, racism and prejudice. Fourteen young people participated in workshops over a nine-month period. The group included two young asylum seekers from Sudan as well as young people who had for one reason or another experienced exclusion from Irish society. They learnt the skills to make and edit the fi lm and developed networking skills while participating in a range of workshops on subjects such as inter-culturalism, confl ict resolution, digital technology, web design, European integration, editing, sound production and drama.
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