The clapper claps. The actors act. The film is filmed.


Films are a great source of entertainment, a way to learn more about a culture, a great way to express opinions and to educate. But making them is not an easy enterprise, especially when they become part of advocacy actions.


The sun was shining on Kfar Zabad, a small village some 60 Km away from the capital Beirut. It was a beautiful day and one could see some 30 young women and men congregate at the municipality building. They were all Lebanese and Syrian and they had signed up to join the LAE initiative.


Learn, Apply, Express (LAE) is an initiative carried out in cooperation between ITVISM and NET-MED Youth. It had a clear objective – to mobilize and engage youth in public life through constructive media content so they can best analyze, express, defend and raise awareness of issues of importance to them.


LAE initiative video
Click to watch the video documentary.


For 5 days, the 30 youth had a practical crash course on how to make a short film to convey a message. The training was a concentrate of theories, techniques and stages of video production, video camera use, filming angles, depth of field, acting, movie objective, message, scriptwriting, post-editing, and more. To some, this was the first time they had attempted at shooting a movie.


Mission accomplished! A series of amateur films on various topics were produced as one of the first steps for youth towards further learning, civic participation and the integration of different media tools in their advocacy campaigns.


Take a look behind the scenes and hear what the youth have to say about this challenge:


You can also follow these links to watch the three short films:

In the field

Youth and Media


Activities building skills among youth organizations and young journalists; to enhance youth representation in media and promote freedom of expression, media and information literacy and youth-generated media content.

Youth and Employment


Activities joining youth organizations, employment experts and different national stakeholders to engage in dialogue and work together on unemployment solutions and skills needs. 

Youth Policies


Activities empowering youth to participate in the communal and national development, revision and implementation of national youth strategies and public policies.