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Yemeni CC, Youth of Peace, launched its Laqta "a footage" project

Laqta (a footage) project is about training youth on producing short documentaries that promote tolerance, respect, understanding, moderation and religious freedom in Yemen. Yemen is a country torn by war; thousands of civilians have been killed, some of the country's precious heritage have been destroyed, and many infectious diseases are spreading rapidly across the country.

Despite the fact that the Yemeni civil war is less about sectarianism, and more about problems of state governance and just resource distribution, the religion has been exploited by political powers to serve their agendas. This has led to sectarian divisions. Amid this turmoil, Youth of Peace decided to launch this initiative to fight sectarianism by promoting tolerance, respect, and understanding.

The opening ceremony of the Laqta project was attended by Mr. Ameen Juman - the Mayor of the Local Council and Ms. Ahlam Al-Masni – Head of Communication - International Organization for Migration. Mr. Ameen Joman expressed his appreciation about the efforts of Youth of Peace in rebuilding trust among the people of Yemen. Also, he expressed his optimism about Laqta project highlighting the importance of promoting the culture of tolerance, coexistence and peace. He expressed that these are important pillars in the development and evolve of any society.

The first workshop under Laqta project will provide training for 12 participants on the best practices of documenting stories. Also, how to find the important stories that worth filming and interacting with public. Also, they be trained to sharpen their observation skills about what's happening around them and what they are going through personally. In order, to form an independent view and a style of their own to tell their stories on the silver screen. Youth of Peace is aiming at producing two documentary films that would contribute to peace-building in Yemen, and afterwards will open the communication channels between the participants and the film industry experts to ensure the sustainability of the future production of films by the young participants. Additionally, Magic Land Cinema in the Libyan Center will display the two films for three days. The films will be uploaded on the YouTube channel of the organization and will be promoted for through social media to reach the maximum number of Yemeni people.