Credit: ANSA
Credit: ANSA

In the age of migration 2.0, the European project RE-FUTURE for unaccompanied migrant minors takes advantage of innovative technology as a tool for cultural integaration.

The European project RE-FUTURE, selected by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission, aims at supporting unaccompanied minor migrant integration through technology. With smartphones, migrants capture scenes from their daily lives in Italy to produce videos that support cultural integration.

The project is a partnership between various organisations: Dugong Films (Italy), AccoglieRete (Italy), Uninettuno International Online University (Italy), Infinity Edge (Italy), Picofilm (France), Shoot&Post (Sweden), Asi Film (Turkey), and Road Movie (Italy). 

Videos tell stories of daily life for minor migrants 

Uninettuno University rector Maria Amata Garito told ANSAmed the goal of the initiative is to "make possible understanding the lives of unaccompanied minors with the tool of the smartphone, through their filming moments of their daily lives". 

RE-FUTURE involved 20 minor migrants in an eight-month workshop. Director Andrea Caccia taught the migrants how to use their smartphones to express themselves in the language of images. Garito called the smartphones a "tool that bridges that which they leave and that which they live". 

The migrants filmed over 600 videos, which were brought together in the documentary "TUMARANKÉ", produced by Dugong Films in coproduction with Offf, Road Movie, Picofilms, and Shoot&Post. 

"It's a very important documentary that shows their hopes, their dreams, and the reality of the moment, all with a certain irony," Garito said. She said the documentary "also helps with understanding how they experience this reality". 

In addition, as part of the project, "a group of psychologists from the university analysed the videos, and they are carrying out a study on understanding the experience of these young people's integration and on their problems". The study began with an analysis of comments from Italian citizens online on the topic of integration, and then analysed the content of the videos. The final phase of the study, which is currently underway, focuses on an analysis of the emotional reactions the documentary provokes in its viewers. 

Uninettuno's commitment to refugees 

Garito said Uninettuno "has always supported migration issues" with the aim of "helping these young people who come to our countries to have interests other than eating and sleeping". She said education "is the basis of all forms of integration" and that it "brings respect for differences." 

"Students who work and study with us have a different attitude," she said. Uninettuno has made scholarships available with its refugee project University for Refugees ( refugees). "We're happy to have refugee studies who live in Lebanon, Germany, and Mali," Garito said. "Even if they aren't close, with a computer they can continue their studies," she said. She said technology can open minds and that the university's online work allows for getting to know stories and cultures. Links to videos made by the migrants in RE-FUTURE: zzati/nicetoseeyou.mp4 zzati/melenzana.mp4 zzati/caffeafricaine.mp4

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