1000 and 1 Realities
Iraq Turkey Spain Cyprus Italy
“1000 and 1 realities” is a visual art project based on animated films addressed to children, young people, and adults. It aims to listen to the inside voice of different cultural communities and spread it through the world. The project has seen the creation of three animated short films inspired by children drawings, which represent the realities of Najaf in Iraq, Istanbul in Turkey, and Nicosia in Cyprus. The project borrows the children’s vision of the world and brings that vision back to the children in other countries. The everyday life entertaining stories provoke an interest in the neighbouring cultures often represented by the medias only through political and economical events. Seeing through children’s eyes may enhance a peaceful acceptance of the cultural diversity, multicultural dialogue, mutual respect and coexistence of the different cultural and social realities of the world. The project started with the facilitation of three workshops, held in the three cities in order to collect a vision of their societies through simple drawings from a group of children aged between six and ten. Afterwards, the team has created three animated films inspired by the children’s drawings. The films have been screened in all the countries involved in the project: Iraq, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Cyprus.