Children’s Screen Content in an Era of Forced Migration: Facilitating Arab-European Dialogue - Prix Jeunesse International, Munich: Workshop Briefing 3: Drama, Storytelling, Empathy, 24 May 2018

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Abstract

This workshop briefing, the third in a series of three, is part of a project focused on the representation of refugee and migrant children in European screen content for children. The one-day workshop took place in Munich on 24 May 2018, under the umbrella of the biennial six-day Prix Jeunesse international festival of children’s screen content. In keeping with the 2018 Prix Jeunesse theme of ‘Strong Stories for Strong Children’, the workshop explored treatments of migration and diversity in mainly fictional storytelling genres for children aged 12 and under. Several had been made for German public service broadcasters, namely those making up the ARD (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) and ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) networks, both of which contribute shows to the jointly operated children’s service, KiKA (KinderKanal). We also showed content aired by public service broadcasters in Belgium (VRT/Ketnet), the Netherlands (NPO), Slovenia (RTVSlo), Serbia (RTS), Switzerland (SRF) and the Welsh-language broadcaster, S4C. In terms of genre, the range of clips discussed at the workshop included animation for preschoolers, drama, both series and one-offs, reality storytelling and children’s documentaries. The clips featured children of Arab heritage and touched on forced migration or broader issues connected with diversity, but all were from shows aimed primarily at a majority European-born audience. In Munich, as at the workshops in Manchester and Copenhagen, a key objective was to alert European policy-makers, broadcasters and producers to the media needs, wants and experiences of young Arabic- speaking children now living in European countries, drawing on research into children’s screen content and audiences in the Arab world, funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and conducted in 2013-2016 by members of the workshop team.1 Another was to create space for dialogue between European and Arab practitioners. To this end we invited Arab producers and education specialists, to comment on European content that featured migration issues or included children of Arab heritage. The project as a whole looks at content for children under twelve.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherKing's College London
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2018

Keywords

  • children
  • Forced migration
  • screen content
  • Television
  • Arab

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