The Image Festival Association - Zakira is proud to announce the launch of the “Ru’aa” (Visions) project which will provide photography training to 80 young adults from various refugee communities living in Lebanon. Through the six month duration of the project, the participants will attend workshops in photographic theory and practice. The students are between the ages of 14 and 18 and live on the outskirts of Beirut and Sidon coming from a number of countries including Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, the Philippines, Sudan and Syria amongst others.
Ru’aa aims to raise awareness of the participants’ culture through the images of their daily lives as they themselves portray them. Through their photos, the teenagers will get to know the commonalities between their geographically distant cultures, as well as the similarities in the daily lives they lead in the same city. This project would not have been possible without the cooperation and collaboration of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID), Spanish NGO Civis Mundi and Lebanese NGO Insan. The participants’ work will be displayed in exhibitions in Beirut and Spain at the end of the project.