May 2, 2016
It seems every week I learn a new lesson about working on an independent project. This week I learned the value of continued progress. Recently I’ve been so caught up in reaching out to different organizations in the hope of getting access to another interview that I feel as if I lost sight of one of the core goals of my project—to educate myself as much as possible on the Syrian crisis. So, starting this week, I am returning my focus on research. I have done as much as possible on the interview phase as of right now, but I must continue to set and accomplish new goals if I don’t want to sink. Or in Dory’s words from Finding Nemo, I need to just keep swimming.
To kick off my renewed effort of educating myself about the conflict, I watched a series of interviews of Syrian refugees on youtube. Often these mini documentaries were made on rudimentary phone cameras, but the picture it gave me of the conflict couldn’t have been more clear. One documentary in particular reignited my interest in the topic. Published by the english news source The Guardian, it followed a family of Syrian refugees as they walked from Budapest, Hungary to Vienna, Austria, in hopes of finding asylum. My favorite part about the documentary is it focusing on capturing the humanity of the refugees through little moments, whether it be the husband and wife playing cards after a long day walking or the children singing even though their feet bleed from too small shoes. I hope to be able to invoke similar emotions when I create my documentary. Wish me luck!
You can find the Guardian documentary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubGhzVdnhQw