Stories of a Home : A story exchange workshop to reflect on the meaning of home

 

As part of the IFAN MICA Subgroup MICA Week, ChangeMakers Donegal invites you to Stories of the Home, an interactive and informative workshop that brings in the global dimension, looking at housing as a social and economic justice issue.


 

ChangeMakers Facilitator, Francine Blache Breen will reflect on housing as a human right, similar scenarios from around the world and the role of Government and the regulators.

Theatre-maker Eve Li, will help the group reflect on the meaning of home through story-telling and testimonial, to help people to connect with and express, the true meaning of home.

Wednesday 30 November 2022 at 7pm – 8:30pm.

Places limited to 10 people and early booking advised. To book visit Eventbrite: https://tinyurl.com/25wh8ntd

The ChangeMakers Guide to Global Justice for Community Groups and Individuals

Join us for a bespoke workshop to immerse yourself in the themes of Global Justice: Thursday 17 November 2022 from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Look more closely at themes of Social, Environmental and Economic Justice at a global and local level.

Connect with other individuals and community groups in Donegal and find out about the ChangeMakers Seeds of Change and Mentoring Programmes which are two key pathways to becoming a change maker in a world that needs change.

 

What’s the workshop about?

This workshop will feature presentations on Social, Environmental, Economic Justice and break-out room clinics, designed to:

  1. Remind you what ChangeMakers is all about, in its focus on ‘development education’ work, which means: linking the experience of people in their local environment to that of people around the world in particular, in the Global South (Asia, Africa and Latin America);
  2. Look closer at the three categories set out in our Seeds of Change Small Grant Fund, specifically: Social, Environmental and Economic Justice;
  3. Examine and discuss the current challenges facing us locally and globally in the areas of Social, Environmental and Economic Justice, to help you to consider your cause/future projects from all angles, and to discuss your work and ideas in more detail in a break-out room with a ChangeMaker mentor and other community groups interested in the same area;
  4. To introduce the revised ChangeMakers Mentoring Programme, as for example, maybe you have a new community group or you are an individual who would like to receive mentoring so as to apply for funding in the future. We are here to help you on that journey.

Register 

To register your place, visit Eventbrite:

https://tinyurl.com/2p8ypy5x

For More Information on the Seeds of Change Small Grants Funding visit:

Seeds of Change Grant Scheme

For more information on our Mentoring Programme, please visit:

Mentoring Programme

Shooting the Darkness to feature in the November Monthly Documentary Film Club

 

Shooting the Darkness to feature in the November monthly documentary film club

War photography is the theme for the next Disappear Here Film Club on Friday 4 November 2022 at 7:30pm at the Market House, Clonmany, Co. Donegal. A post-show panel discussion will feature local photographer, Brendan Diver of photosfromireland.com and Adriana Valderrama of Ulster University.

About the Panel

Brendan Diver is a Donegal based photographer based in the beautiful peninsula of Inishowen in Co. Donegal. Through his work with Photos From Ireland, Brendan runs landscape and portrait photography workshops and photo tours in the wild rugged and beautiful location of Co. Donegal.

Adriana Valderrama is a Psychologist with a Masters in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution and PhD researcher in the School of Art and Humanities in the Programme of Heritage and Museum Studies at Ulster University. Her current research examines contested curatorial practice in societies dealing with a difficult past such as Colombia and Northern Ireland. She is the former director (2016-2018) of Casa de la Memoria Museum, Medellin, Colombia.

 

The monthly film night, which is funded by Concern Worldwide, takes place on the first Friday of every month and features issue-led films that spark debate and conversation. Each screening is followed by a talk exploring the local and global connection.

Fake News

Michael McLaughlin of Disappear Here Film Festival said:

“With the rising phenomenon of ‘fake news’ across the world and the impact of that disinformation, via conspiracy theories, it is important to recognise the power of photography to preserve the true narrative of the past. We look forward to gathering together at our next Film Club to watch Tom Burke’s great documentary. After, we will reflect with local photographer, Brendan Diver on important questions including: how can photography assist the curbing of disinformation and what are the free speech implications around it? Brendan will also reflect on his own work with photosfromireland.com capturing the beauty of the Donegal landscape.”

About the Film

SHOOTING THE DARKNESS

A powerful documentary by Tom Burke about the men who unwittingly became war photographers on the streets of their own Northern Irish towns.

They did not leave home in search of war and adventure: the violence erupted around them. They expected a career of wedding photography and celebrity photo-calls and instead the images they produced during the worst years of the Troubles would come to define that conflict.

The press photographer deals in single images that must distil story, character and context into a single frame which is often more impactful than moving images of the same event. What did it cost these men to take those pictures? What was the value of those images as the conflict raged on for 25 years? These moral and ethical questions are at the heart of this illuminating documentary by Tom Burke (Losing Alaska, The Liberties).

Event Details

Friday 4 November 2022 at 7:30pm at the Market House, Clonmany, Co. Donegal

Entry to the film and post-screening discussion costs €7.50 and all proceeds go to the newly established ‘Donegal Documentary Fund’, to raise awareness of socio-political and environmental issues in the county.

ChangeMakers thanks its funders, Irish Aid and partners Inishowen Development Partnership, Donegal ETB, Self Help Africa, Trocaireand Concern for making its work possible.

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Disappear Here Film Club 4

ChangeMakers is delighted to feature at Screen 2 during the Disappear Here Film Festival in Ballyliffin which runs 23 – 25 September 2022. On Saturday, film club enthusiasts can feast on an afternoon of documentaries and interesting post-show discussions to feed both the intellect and the soul. Join us!

 

About the documentaries

 

1pm

Feature Documentary 1: The Dali Lama: Scientist

In “The Dalai Lama — Scientist”, the Dalai Lama tells the unknown story, in his own words, of his lifelong journey into the world of science and technology, and how the world has changed as a result. With extensive, rare, and never before seen footage, this film tells the very human story of the Dalai Lama that no one knows.

Director: Dawn Gifford Engle (USA) 1hr 34mins

3pm

LGBTQ FOCUS Triple Bill:  3 x SHORT FILMS

Different (20mins) (As Gaeilge)

Summer 1980’s, The West of Ireland. A time and place where homosexuality is frowned upon, a promising young Gaelic footballer, Patrick, falls in love with another young man from his local village.

Oisín (21.34mins)

A single mother longing for connection must choose between her autistic son and the girl next door.

High Society (12 mins)

High Society is a Drama, coming of age film about Leah who overdoses on cocaine provided by Gary. The story deals with themes of revenge, immaturity, and love, following a young women Ruby who is in love with her girlfriend Leah. As Leah falls into a coma, through the flashbacks of her memories and her brother’s death, Ruby deals with the aftermath choosing revenge to handle her grief.

Followed by a panel led discussion with Inishowen Pride organising committee members, on the seismic event, and its legacy for the peninsula.

6pm

Feature Documentary 2: Erasmus in Gaza

Riccardo, an Italian final-year medical student, is going on Erasmus. The destination: Gaza, a war zone. His friends are shocked. However, it is important to him as he wants to become a war surgeon and is writing his thesis on explosive bullet wounds. Entering Gaza is not easy, he needs permission from three different authorities: the Israeli army, the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas.

Directors: Chiara Avesani, Matteo Debló (Palestine, Italy, Spain) 1hr 28mins

Followed by post show panel discussion.

Home Energy Actions from the ChangeMakers Community

In June 2022, a group of Donegal Change Makers attended a Walk & Talk event which we organised in partnership with Glenveagh National Park’s Education team. With an uncertain Winter ahead for many in 2022, the group attended a workshop and discussion with Architect and Activist Duncan Stewart to address the question: how do we reduce home energy costs? The group came up with these suggested actions based on what they had heard on the day. Actions discussed included:

Continue your journey; download our two page Green Energy Actions PDF today and share it with your community group, friends and family.

Home Energy Workshop Actions

This is just the start as we’ll be rolling out our Sustainability Passport Resources later in 2022.

Biodiversity Actions from the ChangeMakers Community

 

In June 2022, a group of under 40 Change Makers joined Aengus Kennedy of Nature North West and Duncan Stewart, environmental activist, architect and creator of RTE’s Eco Eye at Glenveagh National Park for a walk and talk event in partnership with the Education Team at Glenveagh. The Donegal change makers who attended Aengus Kennedy’s workshop came up with these recommended actions for protecting biodiversity.

 

Continue your journey; download our Biodiversity Workshop Actions Sheet today.

Biodiversity Workshop Actions

Disappear Here Film Club 2: Losing Alaska

Disappear Here Film Club 2: Losing Alaska

 

ChangeMakers, Disappear Here Film Festival and Concern Worldwide are pleased to invite you to the second Disappear Here Film Club screening and post-film talk at the Market House, Clonmany, this Friday 1 July 2022 at 7:30pm.

Our second film is the powerful documentary ‘Losing Alaska from Director Tom Burke.

The 375 residents of Newtok, Alaska watch their homes disappear into rolling seas as winter storms steal their coastline and melting permafrost erodes the edges of their town. Tom Burke’s elegiac study follows the community as they struggle to maintain their traditional Yup’ik culture, a subsistence lifestyle of hunting and fishing, and build a new town on safer, higher ground.

 

Post film panel discussion

 

Our post screening discussion will include Donegal Green Party Chairman Michael White, Rosemary Mc Closkey, Vice Chair of Inishowen Rivers Trust and Duncan Stewart, Environmentalist, Activist and Architect, talking about how these issues are of local as well as global concern.

 

Details

 

The Market House, Clonmany

1st July 7.30pm (Pay at the Door)

 

Entry to the film and post-screening discussion costs €7.50 and all proceeds go to the newly established ‘Donegal Documentary Fund’, to help raise awareness of sociopolitical and environmental issues in the county.

 

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Biodiversity and Green Energy Solutions

Biodiversity and Green Energy Solutions

 

ChangeMakers in partnership with Glenveagh National Park is pleased to present: Duncan Stewart & Aengus Kennedy of Nature North West in conversation about biodiversity and green energy.

2pm: Meet at 2pm at the car-park.

We will need to leave by 2:05pm to stay on schedule. If you are late or lost, text me at 086 – 1913919 and walk to the log cabin along the Derrylahane Trail.

2:15pm Talk by Duncan Stewart at the log cabin, followed by walk.

2:45pm Talk by Aengus Kennedy along the Derrylahane Trail.

3:30pm Tea, coffee, traybakes at a reserved area in the restaurant at the Visitor Centre

3:45pm – 4.45pm: Q&A facilitated by Janine of the Education Centre followed by group activity with 2 x 10 minute brainstorm of actions we can each take when it comes to biodiversity, green energy and achieving a circular economy.

All are welcome.

 

 

 

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