MEDIA AGAINST XENOPHOBIA

A new project by HumanDoc Foundation – “Media against Xenophobia” assumes building positive narration and preventing stereotypes regarding the immigration crisis that Europe has been facing for a few years now.

The project puts emphasis on showing the complexity of phenomena, which are the roots of the crisis, using such forms as TV documentary as an education tool. The project is co-financed by the Black Sea Trust for Regional Cooperation — A Project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

This new project corresponds with previous activities of HumanDoc Foundation in the area of global education and building social awareness. Since 2013, in cooperation with Polsat News 2 TV, we have co-produced a series of TV documentaries, which present examples of global problems faced by the contemporary world and their consequences for everyday life of people living in many regions of our planet.

AFRICA – 2018
JORDAN - 2018
BIRMA – 2016

One of the cruellest military regimes in the world decided to open the gates of the “Golden Land” to the world and since 2010 has been persistently implementing the plan of seven steps to democracy. Generals switched from uniforms to suits and the Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest, is now a member of the parliament. Amnesty for the prominent political prisoners, hasty ceasefire with most of ethnic guerrilla warfare encouraged the international community to lift the many years’ economic sanctions.

GEORGIA – 2016

Life of Georgian people from the perspective of a province – small towns and villages, which fall further and further behind the rapidly developing capital and touristic regions. 25 years after transformation, once flourishing regions are now in worse shape. Some of them, within the two past decades, lost as many as half of residents – many people left to earn living elsewhere. Crisis and emigration left their mark on whole communities. Social problems were magnified and their occurrence in a Georgian province was by far higher and stronger than in Europe. Mainly alcoholism and domestic violence in its most terrifying form (murdering wives or victims’ suicides) are the problems faced by the society there. These social plagues are on the one hand curbing the development both of the regions and the whole country, and on the other they make the social reality distant from the fundaments of civil society. The documentary introduces also the activists of our Georgian Partner Association Markuri – incredibly strong women, who are determined to change the tough reality around.

TANZANIA – 2016

Pollution and degradation of environment are one of the most serious problems in Africa. Problems, which also impact other regions of the world. Tanzania and Kenia are local leaders when it comes to implementing solutions aimed at counteracting these processes. This is where the first ever technological revolution, not in the cities of the Global North, but in the villages of Global South, is taking place. Thanks to the support of foreign donors, and increasingly more often on commercial basis, new e.g. solar technologies are implemented, which enable the electrification of African villages. Only half of Tanzanian population has access to electricity. Thanks to popularization of solar energy, year by year access to electricity will be more and more common. Solar power not only prevents the pollution of Africa, but is also a stimulus of social and economic changes, contributes to fight against poverty and developing entrepreneurship, as well as enables access to education and improves health care.

PERU – 2016

Children of the street are one of the biggest social problems and challenges in South America. In some regions, street children account for 30% of the city’s population and live outside any form of control by the state. Poverty, violence, drugs, fear of tomorrow – this is everyday life for thousands of children and teenagers in the poorest districts of Lima, the capital of Peru. It’s already the third generation of people, whose home is on the street. Many children don’t have any homes, and the word “mum” doesn’t ring any bells. They don’t have any documents. Any chances for a better life. Some children on the other hand spend all days and nights outside their homes, trying to earn for their families and themselves. If they fail to do it in a legal way, e.g. by selling candy or other small things, desperate children engage in prostitution, thefts and muggings. In such conditions are born next generations, and all districts of poverty grow at extremely high pace. Neither authorities, nor the society have any idea, how to solve these problems. They seem rather used to seeing children on the streets. Only a small fraction of thousands of street children stands a chance to change their life and be sent to one of the care centres. Salesians run such a care centre for boys in Lima in hard situation – “Don Bosco’s Open Home”. A few dozens of boys could find here a place to sleep, food and opportunity to learn a profession and after reaching adult age – start their independent life.

UGANDA – 2013

This documentary from Uganda draws viewers’ attention to a problem, which occurs in some African countries – insufficient workplaces compared to the increasing number of population. The problems are still present despite, as Africans admit, undeniable successes achieved by these countries in terms of social health care and curbing AIDS.

MOLDOVA– 2015

A documentary about the poorest country in Europe – Moldova. Poverty forces people to labour migration on a massive scale. This is why, every second child born in Moldova is raised without one of the parents. “The problem of our country is that people go abroad to work and children are left without care”, says Aliona Carafizi, the school headmaster in Saratica Noua in Moldova.

MALTA – 2013

This documentary focuses on problems connected with fast migrations of Africans to the closest part of Europe – Malta. However, both Maltesers and Africans need to face a lot of problems.

KENYA – 2015

A documentary about sustainable development on the example of Kenya. At the first glance, this country impresses with its dynamic economic growth. This year, the economy of this African country grew by 6%. However, nearly half of citizens, that is about 20 million people, are unemployed. They have problems with access to drinking water. Documentary about the huge discrepancies between statistics and real life.

KYRGYZSTAN - 2013

LEBANON - 2015

Documentary about the situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Lebanon has only 4 million citizens and already 1.7 million of Syrian refugees on its territory. For such a small country it is a huge problem. There are not enough workplaces, the infrastructure collapses, the society is increasingly anxious.

MALDIVES - 2013

The documentary from Maldives shows the human fight against the rising level of the ocean. An example of this struggle presented in the film is an artificial island, which was built on higher level than the natural ones. However, is it possible to transfer all islanders of the Indian Ocean or Pacific to the artificial islands?

CAMBODIA - 2015

A documentary about violating the rights of people working in textile sector in Cambodia. Cambodia is one of the biggest sewing rooms in the world. Thousands of factories, million workers, every fifth citizen out of the 15 million people in this country works in such factories. Production of bags, clothes, shoes for the biggest brands account for 80% of export, over 20 % of the GDP.

CHERNOBYL - 2013

The documentary shows the consequences of the disaster in the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl (Ukraine) and surrounding regions, which last till now, as well as the desperate efforts aimed at limiting the negative influence of the radioactivity.

Since 2013 we’ve been co-producing a series of documentaries by Paweł Naruszewicz and Jan Mikruta, broadcast on TV Polsat News. Documentaries, produced under the programme “To był dzień na świecie” (eng. It Was a Day in the World”), present some examples of global problems in the contemporary world and their consequences for people in some regions of our planet. These are problems such as global warming, lack of clean water, insufficient work places compared to the growth of population, human-caused ecological disasters, migration of people due to poverty. All documentaries present human actions, which aim at minimising the dangers. There is no certainty, however, whether they can bring about desirable, positive results, or not.
The first series was emitted in 2013, the second in 2015. It was on once a week, followed by a discussion in the studio during the programme “To był dzień na świecie” (eng. It Was a Day in the World”). This series was repeated at least twice on Polsat News and Ipla TV (belonging to Polsat Group) and uploaded online on their website polsatnews.pl.

The documentaries are result of cooperation between Polsat News and HumanDoc Foundation and co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Polish Aid programme. All documentaries are also available on the Internet channel Polska Pomoc (Polish Aid) and the Internet website of Polsat News.