NMC-CESI – Toronto based Cultural Exchange and Support Initiative – in cooperation with the Istanbul cultural initiative Diyalog is organizing an online video workshop entitled Box of Tales.

Participants will learn the fundamentals of filming (storytelling, framing, lighting, sound and editing) and how to craft a short film.

Within the workshop, participants with and without film-making experiences will be trained to use smartphones to create movies about their personal experiences related to mobility/immobility, their living situation and their aspirations regarding community life in one single shot. The theme of the movies will focus on the newcomers’ experiences and enrichment to the local community and the world.

Creative tools, like video making, can launch towards a new path to filmmaking. Due to the present COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, the workshop’s content will be adapted to our actual life rhythms, taking into account that the possibility to shoot outside freely is still limited.

The workshop will take place on Saturdays at 12 PM (Toronto time – EST) starting 10 April and until 12 June

Participation is free.

The instructors are Kutaiba Hajirah, Sabine Küper-Büsch and Thomas Büsch.

NMC-CESI is a passionate group of Toronto students who’ve created a vibrant downtown hub for young newcomers. The mission is to cultivate a positive, laid-back environment for newcomers in Canada to meet people, make connections, and spark new opportunities.

Here we are publishing the recordings of the past sessions regularly.

Session May 8,  2021


Session April 17, 2021


Session April 10, 2021