Video Stories

The UNITAS Foundation in Estonia and Michael Kirtley, international journalist and filmmaker from the USA, have teamed up to launch an unparalleled social experiment called the World Memory Film Project (WMFP). The project’s goal is to raise youth empowerment through worldwide social media, against historical and contemporary crimes against humanity. Our initial focus is the making of a feature-length documentary film drawn mainly from thousands of creative “video stories” solicited from internet enthusiasts in various nations (“crowdsourcing”).

These short personal films relate young people’s emotional reactions to xenocidal actions committed by oppressive regimes and groups in various parts of the world. (“Xenocide” is a word we’ve coined from combining “xenophobia” and “genocide”, to describe the wide range of such crimes. Learn more about xenocide, and about the WMFP, on the links above.) Here are some of the first video stories we have received:

Munir Abbar (Morocco/Germany) commemorates Jewish and Muslim victims of xenocide

Edgar Weltens and friends (Spain) created a lively music video against xenocide

Frenchmen Jean Decré and Quentin Herlemont script a story of xenocide in Great Britain

The dancers of PopAcademia FAMA (Spain) share their dance about xenocide

Sonia Sarha (Finland / Spain) put together a video on what Nino’s story means to her

Sonia Sarha (Finland / Spain) shares her perspective on Cambodia

Alice Guilhamon (France) reacts to an interview she did of her grandmother about the deportation of Jews in France

Madeleine Bate (USA) shares her and her friends reactions after visiting a Tibetan refugee camp in India

Eduardo Agni (Brazil) wrote a song for children in the midst of xenocidal events

Eduardo Agni (Brazil) wrote a song about what the world of children would be like without xenocide

Peeter Rebane (Estonia) shares a story from his family

Peeter Rebane (Estonia) explains why he recorded his video story:

Paulina Grubeck (Poland) shares a poem about the color of xenocide

Sergei Metlev (Estonia) shares a story about being a descendant of perpetrators

Sylwia Mizielinska (Poland) tells what motivates her thinking about xenocide

Uve Poom (Estonia) shares his thoughts on how history haunts his country

Michael Kirtley’s (USA / France) reaction to how Warsaw being crushed between two totalitarian forces in 1944

Ivan Lavrentjev shares his father’s story

Dainis Pudelis (Latvia) explains why his country should take a more active role in human rights issues

Martins Dambergs (Latvia) tells the story of his deported grandfather and what it has taught him as a citizen