Show me your city, an intercultural experience

show me your city logoWhat is the common thing between Colombian and Cambodian young people? “Show me your city“, an intercultural experience. In 2013 I agreed with two teachers of the Pontifical Bolivariana University of Medellín, Maribel Rodríguez and Ariel Acevedo, to make an academic experience between their students of graphic design and my students of social communication of Don Bosco Sihanoukville and Kep. The idea was that the students meet through a Facebook page and agree over the production of a short video per groups (5 to 10 minutes). In the story they have to show their culture, traditions and environment. Communication is of course an issue, but we wanted to demonstrate the effects of a global youth culture. 

This month we finished the second season dedicated to short horror films. More than 20 videos were produced by the Cambodian and Colombian youth portraying legends and ghosts from their own culture. The first intention was to elaborate a single script between both intercultural groups, but although the interaction through Facebook and Skype, it was difficult for them to agree in a unique script. The result was a rich offering of stories.

Yim Rotha, 18:

“Communication, team working, script writing… it is what I learned in this experience. A little difficult also because the language. Sometimes we could not understand their ideas. We could share our scripts and learn things. It was an opportunity to practice our English, to know a new culture and we proved our skills for example in the composition of a script.”

Im Tula, 19:

“I knew things about Colombia through the chats and their messages. When I talked by chat with them we concluded that our ideas were different, so we decided to follow our own traditions. I realized we were different, for example we Cambodians are polite and I saw them more informal. I guess it’s a Western behaviour.”

Kong Sokha Amatak, 22:

“It is a good idea to communicate with another culture. First we knew nothing about Colombia, its language, in the beginning was difficult the communication, but after we knew things. I knew about their way of thinking, their traditions. For example, when we greet we were more polite, but their greeting was more informal. They said they want to know our country.”

Nom Sothereath, 20:

“In a next experience, it is good to promote more communication. It is important to give more importance to the quality of the audio. I liked La Llorona because it was very original to me. I saw a ghost drinking beer.”

 The experience gives so many insights to the creativity and efforts of the young people and how they put all their talent to share their ideas and own identity. One very interesting video is the one of Vuth Savong, a disabled youth who acts in his own film “Ghost in Old House“.

The next season starts on October with a new topic or challenge for the students to face. I expect that group of students of other countries, especially young people interested in film production, join the experience. If you are a teacher and you want to include your students, please contact us.

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About Albeiro Rodas

Albeiro Rodas (in Cambodia Sky Ly Samnang), is a MA in Digital Communication, independent journalist and a Salesian of Don Bosco from Amalfi, Colombia, based in Cambodia since 1999. He is the creator of the Don Bosco schools of journalism in Sihanoukville and Kep with young people from poor communities and the founder of the Don Bosco Kep Children Fund. Medal for Social Commitment UPB (2010); among the 100 more upstanding Colombians abroad (Marca Colombia, 2012, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X39xwdGtVXI) and among the 12 Colombians that are making this a better world 2013 (http://www.colombia.co/en/culture/colombians-that-are-making-this-a-better-world.html).

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