PeacePlayers-Cyprus’ participants had the opportunity to create and produce their very own short films during this year’s summer camp! Many thanks to the Cyprus Community Media Centre, who sent Ivan, a professional filmmaker, to meet with our youth during one of their sessions away from the basketball court. Ivan spent the morning session teaching everyone about pre-production in filmmaking, then gave the older kids and the younger kids time to meet in groups to create a story line to be filmed in the afternoon. After much deliberation, both groups ended up choosing to make music videos for songs they relate to.
The seniors chose the ever popular hit by Cary Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe.” The juniors chose the easily relatable Little Bow Wow hit “Basketball.” The videos have since been uploaded to YouTube and shared over Facebook countless times, making the video project one of the most successful tools in keeping young people from both sides connected long after camp has finished.
Check out their videos below!
Sing along to the Seniors’ remake of Carly Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”:
Enjoy the Juniors’ remake of “Basketball” by Little Bow Wow:
It is wonderful to be reminded that mediums like sports and art allow individuals from all backgrounds to connect in fun and meaningful ways, opening kids up to building bridges across communities.