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At ThinkYoung Audiovisual Laboratory, we create documentaries and multimedia projects.
Since we first started in 2008, our team has produced documentaries on youth in more than 30 different European and Asian countries.
2017 / Belgium, Ukraine
Anton is a 22 years-old Master student from Irpin, Ukraine. When his Country faces war in the Donbass region, he enlists as a volunteer in the AZOV Battalion and goes to war.
The film follows young volunteers as they go through enlistment, training, and combat.
After being seriously wounded in the front line, Anton will return home, trying to re-adjust to civilian life.
THE EUROPEAN ELECTION
2015 / Belgium, UK, Italy
NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE! Watch it on: Feelmakers.com
On May the 25th 2014, for the first time in European history citizens were called to vote their EU representatives in a unified European Campaign. Only 28% of young people did vote, with a surprisingly high result for Euro Skeptical
Extreme-Right Parties all over the continent.
Through three personal stories from England, Italy and Belgium, this film depicts the involvement of youth in the Election.
Ian Crossland (38) is the leader of the English Defence League, an extreme-right movement from Britain advocating for UK independece from the EU and shutting down the borders to immigrants. We follow their march against a new Roma settlement in South Yorkshire, with the following local protests and urban warfare against the Police.
Marco Lombardo (32) has been the EU manager for the Italian major political Party -the Democratic Party, for years. Although his expertise, involvement and passion for the EU cause seem to make him the ideal candidate, unexpectedly his Party preferred to pick a much older candidate than him last minute. This caused complaints from Party members and affiliates, who no longer feel represented. Marco keeps working hard, confident one day he will have his chance.
Clementine Lafeac (25) lives in Belgium with her husband and daughter Anna. We follow the day they move house from their countryside apartment to the centre of Brussels. Neither them nor their friends who come to give them a hand packing have ever voted at any election, nor been interested in politics at all. The EU Election and political participation seems very far from their lives.
2015 / Belgium, China
Hong Kong, 2014. The Chinese Government denies the right to nominate candidates for election: on 28th September, students protests begin. The use of tear gas by the Police triggers more citizens to join. They eventually occupy the areas of Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok.
FAIL TO SUCCEED
2014 / Italy, Spain, Lithuania, Denmark
For the Fail2Succeed campaign, we analysed 4 countries and stories. The ThinkYoung Lab audiovisual team followed entrepreneurs from across Europe who have encountered failure, recovered and continued to succeed.
KAFI OCH BABU
2013 / Sweden
2011 was the last year that non-European students could apply for free education in Sweden.
We spent the winter of 2011 living with two Bangladeshi men who were sharing a room in Student Campus Lappis. They became our friends and we decided to make this film about them.
THE BALKANS TOUR
2012 / Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia
Summer of 2012: Confrontations Europe, a French Think Tank, organized the 'Tour of the Western Balkans', a series of three conferences in Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The goal of this tour was 'to involve people in the region to better understand the issues of regional cooperation and discuss the construction of a common future'.
This film was made during this tour and tries to understand the reality of youngsters from Western Balkans and to question the future of the European Project.
2012 / Italy, Greece, Sweden, Romania, Belgium, Germany
This film portrays young Europeans dealing with the skills mismatch they often experience in their professional lives.
Illustrating the different environments and experiences of individuals in Greece, Belgium, Germany, Romania, Italy and Sweden: We gather the thoughts of a generation that has entered the job market during the worst economic climate Europe has faced since 1929.
2011 / Belgium
In recent years European universities have seen massive increases in the number of Chinese applications.
Shot in the occasion of the 2011 EU-China Year of Youth, this film depicts the daily lives of three young Chinese individuals living in Belgium. It explores the conditions of migration overseas. Watch all chapters here.
WOMEN IN MACEDONIA
2011 / Macedonia
Is Macedonia ready to join the European Union? The film is a collection of interviews with Macedonian women and men of different ages and backgrounds on the topics of gender equality and family in the Country. People from ngos, politicians, students and young professionals contribute with their testimony to shed light on the condition of young and older women from different ethnic backgrounds, urban or rural areas.
THIS SUMMER IN KOSOVO
2011 / Kosovo
The film is based on few encounters with young people from different regions of Kosovo, examining the sustainable development of the country and specifically of rural areas, where a significant part of families' income depends on foreign help given by emigrants who send money home from abroad.
2010 / Italy
Weddings is a documentary series broadcasted in the Italian SKY TV platform during winter season 2010/11.
Each episode let us witness an important moment of a love story - we can follow two young immigrants who have come from different countries and religions, during wedding preparations and the ceremony itself.
All presented couples have one thing in common, they live in Italy where their love journey has begun.
WANNA COME TO PRISHTINE?
2010 / Kosovo
With an average age of 25, Kosovo, which declared its independence in 2008, is the youngest nation in Europe.
Through a series of interviews with students, political activists, journalists, intellectuals, entrepreneurs, musicians and managers under 30 years of age, the documentary questions the future of the Country and its population, determined to improve the life conditions, achieve economical development, and join the European Union.
ANGELES CITY, PHILIPPINES
2009 / Philippines
Angeles City is the former home of Clark Air Base, the largest US Air Force Base outside continental America.
This base was shut down in 1991. However, the base favoured the raising of many brothels and men's clubs, turning the city into one of the most popular destinations for international sex tourism in the world.
The film focuses on four young people from different regions of the Philippines, currently living in Angeles City.
2009 / Philippines
Through encounters with young locals an elderly Italian catholic missionary has during a stroll around his parish, this film explores the Feast of the Black Nazarene (Poong Itim na Nazareno), a yearly religious procession in Quiapo, Manila, attended by several million devotees each January 9th for the past 400 years.
Quiapo is the most densely populated neighborhood of the city of Manila.
In addition to locals, the district receives many young migrants from the countryside and rural areas.
BORN TO LIVE
2009 / Thailand
This film focuses on daily life at the Rayong Camillian Social Center, aimed to recept and take care of abandoned young people affected by HIV and AIDS.
The center has encouraged the Thai Society to respect human rights and the dignity of the children and teenagers;
to ensure access to essential medical care; to recognise the importance of prevention and protection and to accept HIV-positive people in a society full of prejudice unfolds.
2008 / China
This film portrays the import of consumerism, the loss of values and the difficulties young migrant workers face in contemporary China.
These developments are told through the life of Xiao Pengke -Little Punk- a young nomadic poetess from Shanghai's rock shows, who sings about the remaining pieces of myth of cultural revolution.
This film premiered at the Torino Film Festival in 2008, and won the Best Director award at the Italian Cineclub Federation (Fedic) Festival in 2009. It was later screened at numerous International Women's rights Festivals.
NOTES TOWARDS A STUDY ON MIGRANT WORKERS IN SHANGHAI
2008 / China
Shanghai, spring 2008.
During the time of shooting Xiao Pengke we were living in the former french concession, not very far away from the city center. The area was a interesting mix between past and future. Old buildings were standing all around us and new one were under construction: the district was rapidly changing its face.
Imagining a documentary about this changing, we filmed a construction site, especially focusing on the dwellings where migrant workers live with their families.
2008 / China
This film deals with the youngest generation of the Kaifeng Jews,a small Jewish community in Kaifeng, a Henan province of China. Here the inhabitants have assimilated Chinese society through the centuries, while preserving some Jewish traditions and customs.
Michelle is a young member of this community, she was sent away from her home in Kaifang at the age of 10 and began traveling around the Country undertaking humble jobs.
She eventually shipwrecked in Beijing, where she remains and still hopes for her only dream to come true: going to Israel to keep studying Hebrew.
The Film premiered at the 2008 Vienna Biennale of contemporary art.
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