World Storytelling Day 2017 video from Storytellers for Peace

World Storytelling Day 2017
Transformation



After Rudyard Kipling’s If, Imagine and Human Rights Day, here we are to the fourth video from the Storytellers for Peace group.
World Storytelling Day is an event celebrated every year around the world near March 20.
This year the theme is transformation.
So, we tried to answer this question: how writing and telling stories may transform the world in a better place?
Twelve storytellers from ten different countries tell their responses (with English subtitles):




In order of appearance:

Stories help us grow up. They heal us and heal wounds. Fairy tales have taught us that throughout life we can meet fierce wolves. And some wolves will be able to knock down many houses, but not all. And that even some wolves can burn in the fireplace. The stories help us to face the fears. And above all, stories break boundaries.
Beatriz Montero (Spain)

Once upon a time, a library, the Naus room, a palace, a children's wheel, the books, Sintra, the World, the poets and writers, the hour of the story. The memories of the summer revived his memory, the sea, the beach, the shells, and the bottle filled with sand and water.
Jozé Sabugo (Portugal)

Good stories transform fools in happy people for a day and false stories transform thieves in forever dictators, deep stories turn children into men who do not forget and the great stories transform everything and everyone.
The forbidden by the top stories erode the skyscrapers from the bottom and the stories told from the bottom to the top no longer stop, because no one could do it.
The invented stories alleviate the wounds of the heart and the true stories give meaning to those same wounds.
The stories transform the writer and the listener in a story that despite all the ugliness of the world, will ever be worth living.
Cecilia Moreschi (Italy)

The world became hard and difficult to few persons, it gave everything to many, it filled so much suffering, convinced that they can do nothing. Instead of complaining that life is unfair, let’s stand up together to change it. Instead of blaming sitting all the day, no change can take place without a struggle. Those who have left in history as a famous, we must remember, they sacrificed their lives for change.
Hamid Barole Abdu (Eritrea)

Witch’s one-times-one. You shall see, then. From one make ten. Let two go again, make three even, you’re rich again. Take away four. From five and six, so says the Witch. Make seven and eight, so it’s full weight: and nine is one, and ten is none. This is the Witch’s one-times-one.
Katharina Ritter (Germany)

Human beings are made of stories, not atoms. And then human beings will transform the world. Without stories, without tales, we would become artichokes, peas, swallows, squids, tomatoes. Well, yeah, living beings, but much more boring.
Enrique Páez (Spain)

To make a story we need the words. To make the words we need the letters. To write the letters it takes two people: who is willing to say something and who has the time to listen. Only two words are enough for two people, but to ensure that they meet and love each other we need a story to transform them into someone new and different. Because without the stories we are as people, words and letters. Alone.
Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher (Italy)

Transformation is part of our life. Transformation is part of humanity. Transformation is part of the use of the word. Transformation is part of the storytellers. The word is on the way of transformation. The language is not one, are miscellaneous. The language can divide us, but the word itself… the feeling and the emotion... everything that conveys in its essence, it’s something that joins us. Join us all.
Sandra Burmeister G. (Chile)

Making a flower from a stone, making a heart from a flower, making a world from a heart is my transformation.
D.M.S. Ariyrathne (Sri Lanka)

The Story that Saved a People. Long ago, the Jewish people were threatened with utter destruction. But they had a great rabbi named the Baal Shem Tov, who knew the mysteries of the universe. And he took his disciples to a secret place in the forest, lit a sacred fire, and murmured a magic prayer. And a miracle was brought about, and the people were saved. But as time went by, after the Baal Shem Tov’s death, little by little this knowledge was lost, and finally there came a time in which the Jewish people saw themselves in danger again, and the rabbi that led them did not know the words to the magic prayer, nor the recipe for the sacred fire, nor even the secret place in the forest. What he did know was the story. And that was enough.
Juliana Marín (Colombia)

Storytelling was the oldest form of education. So telling story is the planet earth’s passion. We know everything by stories. We learn everything by stories. We understand by stories. We write everything by stories. Our past means our story. Our present means our story. Our future means our story. By this way, story means the overwhelming sense of endless possibilities for something new to exchange, to love, to progress, for technology and motivation to change. Story means the world of the imagination of the new galaxies, planets and stars. Story means the story of the universe, story of the open sky, springs air immaculate garden of thoughts. And story means make impossible to possible by playing lively loving tolerant music. Because Story is knowledge. Story is science. Story is power. Story is history. Story is civilization. Story is power. Storytelling is a game, What all we do. So who can speak or tell, he or she is a storyteller. Today, our story is in which way we can transform the world in a better place by writing and telling stories. Yes, we can. We can transform the world more transparently by our writings and telling stories. We can even create a happier, more comfortable, more aesthetic, stronger more real heaven for everybody to live a pretty simple life with the sense of everyone is equal with dignity, if we imagine, if we wish.
Mahfuz Jewel (Bangladesh)

This is a story about the ultimate transformation. One day there were very, very dark clouds forming in the sky. And there was that ominous feeling before a storm. And then out of the darkest and biggest cloud fell a very big and very round raindrop. And this raindrop took a good look at itself and it said: “My, but I’m a very bit and a very round and a very beautiful raindrop. Why I must be the best raindrop in the whole sky!” Well there was a raindrop falling beside that big round raindrop. And that raindrop said:
“Mmmmm, you are very big and very round and rather beautiful, but I am very shapely therefore I am the best raindrop in the whole sky.”
“Oh I don’t think so,” said the big round raindrop. “I’m going to ask this raindrop on the other side of me who’s the best out of the two of us.”
And the raindrop on the other side said: “Mmmmm, you are very big and very round and the other raindrop is very, very shapely but everybody knows that it is purity that counts. And I am very, very pure. Therefore I am the best raindrop in the whole sky.”
Well before any of the other two raindrops could make any sort of reply all three of them hit the ground and became part of a very muddy puddle!
And that’s a story by the English comedian Terry Jones called (I think it’s) The Raindrops.
Suzanne Sandow (Australia)

Storytellers for Peace is an international network of narrators who create collective stories through videos. Artists and stories are from all over the world and speak about peace, justice, equality and human rights. All participants tell one or more verses of the story in their first language. The project was created and is coordinated by Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher, author, storyteller, stage actor and director.

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Call for Storytellers around the world: World Storytelling Day 2017

Dear Storytellers,

After Rudyard Kipling’s If, Imagine and Human Rights Day, here we go to the next step.
As many of you well know, World Storytelling Day is celebrated every year on 20 March.
In 2017 the theme is transformation.
How writing and telling stories may transform the world in a better place?
Tell us in a short video (maximum 1 minute, no sound, no rumors and no subtitles, please) speaking in your first language, sending also the speech’s text with English translation to this email.

Deadline: March 5, 2017

Let’s make peace through stories!

Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher

Human Rights Day 2016 video from Storytellers for Peace

After Rudyard Kipling’s If and Imagine, here we go to a new video from Storytellers for Peace.

Human Rights Day is celebrated every year around the world on 10 December.

Nine storytellers from all over the world tell their stories about human rights (with English subtitles):



 
In order of appearance:

Beatriz Montero (Spain)
Jozé Sabugo (Portugal) 
Cecilia Moreschi (Italy) 
Hamid Barole Abdu (Eritrea) 
Enrique Páez (Spain)
Sandra Burmeister G. (Chile)
D.M.S. Ariyrathne (Sri Lanka) 
Suzanne Sandow (Australia)
Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher (Italy)


Storytellers for Peace” is an international network of narrators who create collective stories through videos. Artists and stories are from all over the world and speak about peace, justice, equality and human rights. All participants tell one or more verses of the story in their first language. The project was created and is coordinated by Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher, author, storyteller, stage actor and director.

Call for Storytellers around the world: Human Rights Day 2016

Dear Storytellers,

After Rudyard Kipling’s If and Imagine, here we go to a new step.
Human Rights Day is celebrated every year around the world on 10 December.
Are human rights important to you?
Why?
Tell us with an original story in a short video (maximum 2 minutes, no sound, no rumors and no subtitles, please) speaking in your first language, sending also the speech’s text with English translation to this email.

Deadline: November 30, 2016

Let’s make peace through stories!

Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher

International Day of Peace 2016 - Imagine with Storytellers for Peace

Hi everybody,

After Rudyard Kipling’s If, here is the new video by Storytellers for Peace.
Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September.

The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The Day’s theme for 2016 is “The Sustainable Development Goals: Building Blocks for Peace.”

This is the way we imagine to build blocks for peace.

Sixteen storytellers from fourteen different nations, speaking in their first language, tell their personal dream of peace for their own countries, from their point of view.
The collective video is made of different hopes for a peaceful world, all together as a wonderful puzzle, each one important for the best of all.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
So, peace, peace everywhere.




All storytellers and words in order of appearance:

Imagine a world with other laws. A world where no evictions. Where people have work. Can you imagine walking through other crosswalks?

Beatriz Montero (Spain)

Imagine no human being goes to bed hungry. Those who are thirsty can drink clean water. Those who are sick can access medical care. Everyone should have an opportunity to work.

Hamid Barole Abdu (Eritrea)

I imagine the kids of Venezuela all playing in freedom, listening to stories beneath a Saman tree, in shade, with their families, because a hug of peace is not a story.

Omira Bellizzio (Venezuela)

Let's distribute love. Let's multiply love. Let's add love. But we let's not deduct love.

D.M.S. Ariyrathne (Sri Lanka)

I would like to see my country more inclusive. A country where we recover the confidence to be calm and peaceful. A country where values reborn. A country where people may truly be happy.

Sandra Burmeister G. (Chile)

I imagine a country where in the very first place there are human rights, in the second one… human rights, and in the third? Yes, human rights. If we’ll still have time for others it will be beautiful, otherwise, I will love it the same.

Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher (founder and coordinator, Italy)

I imagine, one day, waking up in the morning, going for a walk in the streets and find every single person, children, youth and elder, smiling from ear to ear, so that they make you smile too.

Raquel Silvetti (Uruguay)

Imagine, there are no extremism, killing and bloodshed in the name of religion in Bangladesh; man and women both are equal; and all human being are honored as a human being.

Mahfuz Jewel (Bangladesh)

As a Filipino, I dream of a peaceful Philippines full of love, unity and cooperation.

Storyteller Pet (Philippines)

I imagine peace through tolerance - not just tolerance of people who are different from us, but a tolerance of ambiguity and uncertainty, because there is so much we do not and cannot know - about the universe, science, nature, God, spirit, change, the future, and the inner lives of those around us. When we can accept ambiguity and uncertainty, there can be empathy… and peace.

Barry Stewart Mann (USA)

I imagine a country where all decisions and laws are always made suitable for children. That is the only way we could be certain that peace would reign forever.

Cecilia Moreschi (Italy)

Imagine a world where we could imagine, in which we could dream, drink, play dress, sing, draw, write, love. A world where we could daydream.

Enrique Páez (Spain)

Imagine there is no violence in the world, neither physical, nor psychological, nor sexual violence. Those who raise their hands in violence will turn to stone.
Imagine all arms are banned, as well as all arms manufacturers. They grow organic vegetables instead.
Imagine all children are going to school to learn in peace and freedom. Those who hold them back, who puts them in a box, who grades them will turn to guano which will be spread on the school lawn.
Imagine there is a war, but no one shows up.

Katharina Ritter (Germany)

Imagine Portugal. Imagine the waves of Portuguese sea, vibrating as music notes that always play for peace.

Jozé Sabugo (Portugal)

Imagine a world where children are children and have time, time to play, that is the best one. That time they have loose, free and not caged inside a clock. And imagine a world of stories, cartoons and novels but not working with a button. I would like a grandmother in her nightgown telling and reading me that.

Lisi Amondarain (Argentine)

I imagine Australia to embrace diverse cultures. I imagine Australia to welcome and care for refugees. I imagine Australia to better understand Aboriginal cultures.

Suzanne Sandow (Australia)

As always, please, subscribe, like, share the clip and mostly our hope for a better world.


Alessandro

Call for Storytellers around the world: Imagine...

Dear Storytellers,

Rudyard Kipling’s If video was just the beginning.
Well, here is the following step.
The 21st of September 2016 will be the International Day of Peace.
Working for that event, the name of the call is this: Imagine
Taking inspiration from the famous John Lennon’s song, I invite you to make a video telling what is your personal dream of peace in your own country, from your point of view.
The formula will be for everyone this: I imagine… and so on.
The final result will be a collective video of different hopes for a peaceful world, all together as a wonderful puzzle, each one important for the best of all.
As Martin Luther King Jr. said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
So, peace, peace everywhere.
Send the clip in your first language (maximum 15 seconds, no sound and no rumors) with the English translation written in the message to this email.
Deadline: September 7, 2016.

Let’s make peace through stories!

Alessandro Ghebreigziabiher

If Rudyard Kipling - Storytellers for Peace

Hi everybody,
here is the very first video by Storytellers for Peace: Rudyard Kipling’s poem If.
Please, subscribe, like, share the clip and mostly our hope for a better world...