CCMC was delighted to host a full house on Thursday the 9 December 2010 at its community screening event ‘What’s our story: personal stories from across the island’. The event, which featured the screening of digital stories created in workshops across Cyprus was attended by around 80 people, all there to watch the short films, and to celebrate in the one year anniversary of the opening of the Centre in its premises in Nicosia’s buffer zone.
The films were made within the framework of workshops initiated by Dr John W. Higgins, a US Fulbright Scholar in Cyprus working in digital storytelling and community media. Dr Higgins addressed the gathering by referring back to the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who spoke at CCMC’s opening event a year ago on 9 December 2009. On that day Tutu had said: ‘We believe that [CCMC] has some wonderful stories to tell: the untold stories. We believe there are stories that you are going to magnify. The unheard voices.’
In the time that has transpired since then, CCMC has been working tirelessly to amplify and magnify those unheard stories. The cooperation with Dr Higgins’ Digital Storytelling workshops and the resulting screening is a prime example of this work. The series of workshops involved participants writing, designing and creating engaging short stories using home photographs and basic computer tools. At the core of the creative process was the ‘story circle’ involving a group setting where participants shared and refined each others’ stories. The ‘What’s our story?’ event was a testament to the work of the dedicated individuals who participated in these workshops and who found ways to convey their moments of transformation or personal transcendence – their stories – to a wider, community-based audience.