How things have changed in our villages - a local history film workshop for children

Merethe Offerdal Tveit
Community engagement, Education, Youth oriented
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Through short films from villages in Kvinnherad we will show how Norway has changed immensly the last 50-60 years. Children growing up today have a lot in common with other kids growing up in Europe. But how was it when their grandparents grew up, and what is it that has changed in our culture towards a more commmon european culture? The children will explore these topics and learn how to tell them through the film media.

Through a  workshop with kids in 7th grade in all the schools in teh mucicipality of Kvinnherad, we want to make children aware of the history of the environment they surround themselves with. The workshop will teach children how to tell stories through film media, and to dig in the history of their home place. It can be through searching in history books, finding information online, talking to history experts in the area, or interviewing old people who can give first hand information.
The workshop will be held by filmmaker Merethe Offerdal Tveit in schools in her home municipality, Kvinnherad. It is a collaboration between the cultural department of the municipality and Merethe. Merethe has been working a lot with films telling about our local history, and she wants to engage kids in these topics. She has had film workshops for children and youth in western Norway for many years, but this will be a new and innovative production. 

European Dimension

We want the children to reflect around how our villages have changed the last 50-60 years and what are the reasons for this. We want to encourage them to see how Norway has been influenced by other european countries, cultures and traditions. 
It can be everything from the clothes we wear, the words we use in our language, the food we eat and the games that children growing up today play.

Legal body/representative

Kvinnherad kommune

Linda Øen, counsellor in the cultural department, Kvinnherad municipality.

Description of the project

The story of how the villages in our area have changed through the last years will be told through children growming up today. Our goal with this project is to engage young people in history and encourage them to see their life in a wider perspective. The local historical film workshop is organized by Merethe, and she will have two days with one class. Merethe has had film workshops for kids for many years and has made many historical films herself, seen by many people in the district. The class will have to have the topics to their films ready in advance, because the first day we start filming and collecting history, old photographies and everything we need for the film in general. The second day Merethe will edit the films together with the children. In one class there will be made two films. Our motivation for applying to European Heritage Stories is to get the chance to make more out of this project than just the two days with the class. For example build a web site for the films.

Legacy of the project

The films made in this workshop will not only teach the children about our history, but also the whole muicipality. We will work on making the films available for everyone and make events and screenings in the area connected with the films. We hope it can bring generations together and start an interesting dialogue between them.

Budget breakdown

Requesting: 9 500 euros. 

Building a web page 2500 €
Storage 500 €
Travel costs 1000 €
Events 5000 €
PR 500 €

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