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Searching Traces


ورشه عمل , تصوير فيديو , البحث عن أثر , شارك معنا


In line with the measures taken in Turkey to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we postponed the community video workshop June 4 until 7.

Please check our web site and social media channels for updates.

We look forward to resuming our programme and welcoming you back to a safe and healthy environment soon.


arthere Istanbul is hosting a Community Video Workshop entitled Searching Traces for local communities and third country nationals in Istanbul.

Within the workshop the participants will be trained to use smart phones to create movies about their living situation and their aspirations regarding community life. The participants learn to use the narration style of video-filmmaking to express their view about cultural identity and community life for a better understanding and to overcome prejudices.

The workshop will be organized by the Istanbul based cultural initiative diyalog. The Searching Traces program is supported by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.-

Creative tools like video making will allow everyone to try to pave the passage to a new journey.

Not only people with experiences in film-making but also everybody living in Istanbul with and without migration backgrounds age 17 and older are invited to learn how to express topics shaping their current living situation using the media of video and publishing it finally online on the internet platform of StreetWalking created by the association diyalog with Arabic, Turkish, and English descriptions.

A selection of short movies created within the workshop will be screening in a public presentation on March 27 in Istanbul with a debate by the instructors and the authors of the short movies.

The video workshop Searching Traces introduce as well the Civic Journalism. Looking through different lenses Civic Journalism is a way to see things from that different view. It lets us get know the people of our community and it lets us deal with people’s ambiguity over issues and processes.

Through improved access to information, by breaking down national boundaries and especially by full participation Searching Traces will contribute as online product to social sustainability in many areas: use of mobile technologies as a creative tool, increased participation in community decision-making, international mediation of a cultural diversity and also the sense of its values.

Workshop Instructor

Kutaiba Hajirah is a Syrian, Canadian filmmaker who started his career as a camera man in the Syrian TV. In 2012, he moved to Egypt and worked in different media outlets as assistant director, post-production producer, and camera operator. In 2014, he moved to Turkey and worked as camera operator for many Documentary films, YouTube content and news TV channels. In 2017, he moved to Canada to study Documentary film making.

Sabine Küper-Büsch and Thomas Büsch are German documentary filmmakers based in Istanbul. The couple produces documentary Films in the Middle East and South Eastern Europe that were awarded on international Film Festivals and are screened in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France on prominent TV channels like ARD, ZDF, 3Sat and arte. The Filmmakers are educating trained and untrained filmmakers in short film production for digital formats in different countries. They are publishing the Online-Video Platform StreetWalking as a location for innovative new film narratives.

Since 2010 they are organizing already similar workshops in Turkey, Malta, Hungary, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Workshop Schedule

Thursday March 19, 6 pm – 8 pm
Friday March 20, 6 pm – 8 pm
Saturday March 21, 12 pm – 6 pm
Sunday March 22, 12 pm – 6 pm


Beydağı Sokak, No:3/A, 34716 Istanbul, Turkey


Supported by





Thomas Büsch General Secretary diyalog, project managment InEnArt and Filmmaker