The Education Program was developed in 1998, focusing primarily on youth from Jerusalem, by providing them with opportunities to engage in creative acitivites which are otherwise neglected in the school systems. 

Specifically, by developing participants' aesthetic awareness and appreciation of their surroundings, the youth workshops seek to enable participants to express themselves more effectively and to challenge issues, whether social, political, or environmental,  that affect them, their peers and their wider community. Through creative, stimulating and challenging workshops, participants learn new modes of expression. 

Organised in partnership with community centers, youth clubs and educational institutions, the workshops are led by artists both from the local community and visitng artists from all over the world who participate in the Artist-in-Residence program. As such, the program is part of an ongoing effort to connect and collaborate with different institutions and individuals at local, regional and international levels.

Documentary Filmmaking

Documentary Filmmaking: Messages for Change, led by Mahasen Nasser-Eldin

This course will introduce students to the craft of documentary filmmaking through both theoretical and practical classes. Students will learn about different writing styles, scripts, and research methods that will help them develop their own film ideas. During workshops and lab exercises, students will undergo training in sound, camera, montage, directing and producing. The course is geared towards documentary storytelling, how to tell people’s stories, how to involve audiences and create messages for change. By the end of the course students will make their own documentary films, from script to screen, under the theme of creating messages for change.

Mahasen Nasser-Eldin is a Palestinian filmmaker, researcher and academic who was born and raised in Jerusalem. Nasser-Eldin completed her undergraduate studies in Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and later her Masters in Filmmaking at Goldsmiths College, London. Since then she has returned to Jerusalem where she has been working on producing documentary films about the lives of Palestinians, as well as teaching film production and film studies at Bethlehem’s Dar al-Kalima College of Arts & Culture.