You and Me

You and Me - Empowering rural youth

A Youth film project for a new European narrative


Our youth film project brought together 9 young who grew up in the rural areas in Spain, Greece and Germany. They grabbed a camera and told their own stories beyond the media spin and stereotypes that have dominated the mainstream narrative in the European Union over the last few years. After taking part in a film training, they travelled in September and October 2016 as transnational groups through the rural areas of Brandenburg (Germany), Lesbos (Greece) and Aragón (Spain), where they interviewed other youngsters about their lives in the rural areas, their dreams and everyday challenges. They produced the documentary film Ruralink:

In the EU, 75% of the population lives in urban areas, while 80% of the territory is categorised as rural. Rural areas throughout Europe are often associated with remoteness, population decline, lack of education, infrastructure and services, and therefore risk marginalisation and social exclusion. The documentary film Ruralink features six stories of rural youth from Brandenburg (Germany), Aragón (Spain) and Lesbos (Greece) beyond stereotypes and mainstream narrative. It provides a fresh look at rural Europe and shows dynamic young people, committed to reviving their local communities and regions.

The documentary was supported by Jugend Für Europa in the frame of the transnational project "You and Me - A Youth Film Project for a New European Narrative". Started in April 2016, the project brought together 9 young people from rural areas in Attica, Lesbos (Greece), Aragón (Spain) and Brandenburg (Germany). After an intensive film training, they were split into three transnational film crews and grabbed their cameras to tell stories of rural youth in their regions.

Find out more on the project blog: https://youmefilmproject.wordpress.com/

Direction, Camera and Editing: Ruth-Maria Thomas, Elisabeth Wank, Jesus Lozano Lombarte, Laura Martinez Pallas, Anabel Roda Cerda, Emre Jon Brooks, Panagiotis Kypriotis

Media trainer / Artistic Direction: Séverine Lenglet

Production: Citizens For Europe, Fondo Natural, Bridging Europe

Coordinators of the project "You and Me- A Youth Film Project for a New European Narrative": Chiara Zannoni (Citizens For Europe), Jorge Gracia Lopez (Fondo Natural), Eleni Kostantopoulou (Bridging Europe).

The content of this documentary does not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Responsibility for the information and views expressed therein lie entirely with the authors.


Funded by

Partner organisations



OTHER PROJECTS 

May 23, 2019
Street activist in Poland

EDN-Vox Pop: Activist Stories #Poland

Being an opposition activist in Poland

How is the populist right-wing and national-conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party ruling Poland and how does it affect street opposition? Polish activists tell how the PiS politics is eroding the democratic standards and values in Poland, taking over the public media, threatening fundamental rights and freedoms, as well as shrinking the civic space. Civil society is under pressure. Listen to our vox pop with Polish activists : "Being an opposition activist in Poland in 2019". Stories of street actions, violence, intimidation and threats...
May 7, 2019
#ViRaL-Webinar in German: Fundraising for small organisations

#ViRaL-Webinar: Fundraising for small organisations

#ViRaL-Webinar: Fundraising for small organisations

A great project idea does not automatically make a good project proposal. It is a challenge to present an idea in an application in such a way that it is easy for the sponsor to understand and to be convinced about it. The first #ViRaL-Webinar takes a look at the application process from the analysis of the call for proposals to the submission of the application: What does an application need? What methods are there to highlight the needs of the project? How do you formulate good project objectives? What should be taken into account when the organisation presents itself? And what does a good cost plan look like?
May 2, 2019
Activists and Partners of the European Democracy Network

European Democracy Network Activists

Meet the activists of our European Democracy Network

Our partnership "European Democracy Network" currently supports, empowers and networks activists who stand against the erosion of democracy, the rise of nationalism and white supremacy, as well as the shrinking of civic spaces where civil society is under pressure. The selected activists are from Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Syria, Ukraine and Turkey.
April 17, 2019
Klementyna Suchanow, Polish author and political activist

European Democracy Network Talk – Warsaw

The network of neo-conservative movements in Europe

The talk with Klementyna Suchanow, Polish author and political activist, presents the neo-conservative movement and the backlash on human rights it brings. The so called Agenda Europe which started in 2013 is a plan of reduction and withdrow of the human rights. It is an organized agenda realized in all the countries in different ways, according to local laws, with the same points: anti-abortion, anti-lgbt, anti-contraceptives, no divorce and at the end anti-democracy.
April 4, 2019
EDN Activists and Partners

EDN Activists Meeting Warsaw

Together for democracy: First EDN Activists Meeting

Our European Democracy Network (EDN) brings together a dozen of activists fighting against the erosion of democracy, the rise of nationalism and white supremacy, as well as the shrinking of civic space. They met for the first time in Warsaw (Poland) at the end of March together with the EDN partners. During the 3 days meeting, they got to know each other, exchange about their experiences as activists in Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, France, Turkey, Slovakia, Denmark and Germany. And the participants co-designed the future of the network, its activities and how do they want it to empower them.
March 14, 2019
Feature Image #ViRaLfonds Podcast Finance and Funding

#ViRaL Podcast “Finance and Funding”

Our first #ViRaL Podcast is online!

Especially for informal groups and smaller actors without full-time and professionalised structures, financing their actions and ideas is a special challenge - also because they often lack the capacities and experience to keep up with established organisations or to cope with the complex application processes. Which strategies, sources and support can informal groups and smaller actors draw on to tackle the challenges of financing? This question is answered in our first podcast produced in the context of the accompanying programme of our action fund ViRaL.
February 28, 2019
Vielfalt entscheidet Thuringia

Vielfalt entscheidet Thuringia

Thüringen goes Diversity

Our team “Vielfalt entscheidet – Diversity in Leadership” is currently working with and for the Thuringian state administration to develop Germany's first survey of anti-discrimination and equality data, in which around 20,000 employees can participate. The results of “Vielfalt entscheidet Thüringen” will form the basis for a diversity strategy of the Thuringian state administration. It is the first time in Germany that such a large number of employees are given the opportunity to share their differentiated perspectives on and experiences with diversity and discrimination.
February 5, 2019
Feature image European Democracy Network Kick-Off

Kick-Off European Democracy Network

Kick-Off European Democracy Network

On January 28th and 29th, 2019, the kick-off meeting of the project “European Democracy Network” (EDN) took place at the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin, bringing together the representatives of our 7 partner organisations from Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Poland and Germany. During two days, we co-designed the project objectives, activities and timeline. In the next weeks, we will select 16 activists that will take part in a yearly empowerment program, to support them in standing against the erosion of democracy and fundamental rights, against the rise of nationalism and white supremacism and the shrinking of civic spaces.
February 5, 2019
template_fi

Blogpost-Template

Untertitel Excerpt

Sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd gubergren, no sea takimata sanctus est Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd gubergren, no sea takimata sanctus.
January 27, 2019
Feature image #ViraLfonds in Baden Baden

#ViRaLfonds in Baden Baden

#ViRaLfonds in Baden Baden

What do Hans, Almula, Sepideh, Ingeborg, Katalin, Jutta, Marija and Khalil have in common? From the GDR, Romania, Syria, Iran, Kosovo, Turkey or Erytrea, they all fled from their home and sought refuge in Baden Baden. On 20 January 2019 they stood together on the stage of the city Boenhoeffer Saal and shared their stories with the audience. About 300 people came to one of the two readings organized by the project "Baden-Baden schreibt ein Buch" (Baden-Baden Writes a Book) that we support with our Action Fund ViRaL.
December 4, 2018
template_fi

TEMPLATE empowering_civil_society

Untertitel Excerpt

Sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd gubergren, no sea takimata sanctus est Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt ut labore et dolore magna aliquyam erat, sed diam voluptua. At vero eos et accusam et justo duo dolores et ea rebum. Stet clita kasd gubergren, no sea takimata sanctus.
December 3, 2018

#ViRaLfonds Re-granting Scheme

Re-granting to empower local activists

Initiated by Citizens For Europe and the Bertelsmann Foundation, the re-granting and micro-granting scheme “Action Fund ViRaL – Strengthening Diversity, Combating Racism, Engaging Locally” links the networks, expertise and reputation of a non-profit organization with the financial engagement and funding objectives of a foundation. Both work together to reach and support those who stand against racism and exclusion at the local level and in rural areas. ViRaL combines both a financial grant of 5.000€ and a year-long tailored accompanying program to empower the grantees to grow, professionalize and implement their project idea impactfully.
December 3, 2018

#ViRaLfonds in Sundern

"What does history teach us, Mrs Himmler?"

In the old dairy in Sundern (Sauerland), the organizational team has just gotten more chairs. Almost a hundred people are sitting in the hall where the film "My Family, the Nazis and I" is being screened. Afterwards, one of the protagonists of the film is available for an interview with the audience: the author and historian Katrin Himmler, grandniece of the Reichsführer SS and organizer of the Holocaust, Heinrich Himmler.
November 11, 2018
featured image Vielfalt Entscheidet

ADVOCATING FOR INCLUSION

October 24, 2018
Tandem Europe- Animation Video the Circle of trust

TANDEM EUROPE

Creating a Multimedia Documentation

Tandem Europe is a programme that strengthens Trans-European collaborations towards social change. The programme has developed special tools and methods to facilitate and develop these partnerships. For the first round of Tandem Europe between 2015 and 2017, Citizens For Europe was in charge of documenting the collaboration stories with the aim to showcase the Tandem methods to a broader audience, to share the learnings of the participants and show how these methods strengthen collaboration, as well as to inspire other cultural managers to replicate those methods for their own collaboration.
October 24, 2018
Kick-Off Meeting - group photo

Kick-Off #ViRaLfonds

Kick-Off #ViRaLfonds: Together against racism!

On September 22 and 23, 2018, the kick-off meeting of our pilot project Action Fund ViRaL - Strengthening Diversity, Combating Racism, Engaging Locally - brought together representatives of the 10 funded projects from all over Germany. In addition to the exchange with and between the participants, a debate on racism and empowerment played a central role. Here we report on these two exciting days.
September 15, 2018

Allianz Kulturstiftung´s Summer Academy

Fostering dialogue between academics and civil society

Since 2004, the Allianz Summer Academy (ASA) brings together students from five renowned international universities at the Allianz Group Management Institute where they meet representatives from business, civil society and the European institutions. The resulting ASA publication compiles the papers of student groups from 5 European universities exploring current European challenges with policy-oriented academic research. Citizens For Europe (CFE) has been entrusted with the conception and coordination of ASA´s resulting publication since 2014 and we have collaborated on three issues so far.
September 11, 2018

VIRAL ACTION FUND

ViRaL Action-fund

Strengthening Diversity, Combating Racism, Engaging Locally

With a re-granting scheme, we support people on the ground throughout Germany who oppose racism and are committed to the recognition of diversity. ViRaL seeks to reach out with anti-racist counter-narratives to people who have have not yet dealt with the topic, as well as to provide resources and support to those who are targeted by racism and exclusion. We provide the selected projects with mini-grants, tailored trainings and the tools they need, and we share our network and infrastructure with them.
September 10, 2018
European Democracy Network - Constitution Protest in Poland

EUROPEAN DEMOCRACY NETWORK

European Democracy Network

For the defense of freedom, democracy and fundamental rights!

We build an international network of activists united by the idea that we can only exist in international solidarity in order to counter the internationally networked opponents of the new Right. Our partnership currently supports, empowers and networks activists who stand against the erosion of democracy, the rise of nationalism and white supremacy, as well as the shrinking of civic spaces where civil society is under pressure.
September 8, 2018
CHIEF Feature Image

CHIEF

CHIEF, Towards an inclusive cultural education

Designing a multi-stakeholder collaboration to trigger change

The European CHIEF project builds a dialogue between young people, researchers, education practitioners, policymakers, community leaders and civil society activists in order to facilitate a future of Europe based on more inclusive notions of cultural heritage and cultural identity. Citizens For Europe will methodically design a multi-stakeholders' process and accompany a series of workshops to create a sustainable environment for dialogue between these actors and develop effective policy recommendations at the local and European level.