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Searching Traces


Community Video Workshop


Within the Mahalla Festival in times of COVID-19 we are organizing under the title Searching Traces a community video workshop series taking place in summer 2020 online. The first session took place on June 12th.


The next session will take place on Sunday January 17th, 8 pm – 10 pm Istanbul time. To participate follow this link:



Please dont hesitate to participate in our next session, even if you did not participate into the last session you are welcome.

The workshop will take place in several sessions between June 12 and December 31 as part of the Mahalla Festival 2020.


You can follow the recordings of the past sessions on the StreetWalking video magazine:


Or watch a selection of short movies created within the workshop:


Within the workshop, participants with and without film-making experiences will be trained to use smart phones to create movies about mobility/immobility, their living situation and their aspirations regarding community life in one single shot. The theme of the movies will focus on the newcomer and how he or she is an asset and enrichment to a local community worldwide.

Creative tools like video making will allow everyone to try to pave the passage to a new journey. Regarding the actual circumstances linked to COVID-19, the workshop content will be adapted to our actual life rythms, taking into account that the possibility to shoot outside will be limited.



By overcoming national boundaries  Searching Traces delivers improved access to information and will generate fresh and unconventional content and forms of narratives. The Videos will contribute as online products for communication exchanges: the use of mobile technologies serve as a creative tool and intend to triggers an increased participation in community opinion- and decision-making. The online exchange is looking for an international mediation of cultural diversity and to build up synergies to create new forms of narratives.


The workshop program was originally scheduled to take place as a physical workshop at arthere in Istanbul. In order to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic the Mahalla team and the instructors implemented an international online version using the ZOOM video confenrencing platform.

The participation is admission free.

The program is supported by the Embassy of Canada in Turkey and the Consulate General of the Republic of Germany Istanbul.


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

The next workshop session will take place on Sunday, January 17th, 8 pm – 10 pm, Istanbul Time

To participate follow this link:


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