Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Harrer Harrer Yaffa

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Middlebury College
  • Nejla Calvo
  • DunaTatour

Harrer Harrer Yaffa

Duna Tatour grew up in Israel as a member of the Arab minority, and she knows firsthand how difficult it can be to find an outlet in which to discuss complicated issues and concerns openly. She and Nejla Calvo, both Middlebury students, used their Projects for Peace grant to provide a group of Arab-Palestinian young people living in Yaffa, Israel a way to express themselves and the challenges they face— through the use of film.

Duna and Nejla partnered with the local organization Sadaka Reut and with the Doha Film Festival’s cross-regional project “Harrer Harrer” (“Liberate Liberate” in Arabic). Space was allocated at Sadaka Reut, and 15 young people were chosen to participate in workshops and discussions on contemporary issues, leadership, teamwork, and artistic expression. Each participant wrote a script for a one-minute film.

The group ultimately produced seven films with the Doha Film Institute assisting in the final productions with professional sound, cinematography, and editorial staff. As a testament to the strength of the productions, the films produced will be presented in the traveling Doha Tribeca Film Festival along with other productions from around the Arab world.

While the main beneficiaries of Harrer Harrer Yaffa were the 15 participants who have learned to tell their stories through film, their families and the greater community were impacted as well. The project serves as a model for future programs in the community where peace and the resolution of conflict can be explored through the arts.