The Syrian Refugee Film Project
We would like to invite you to join us in making an evangelistic film for Syrian refugees this coming summer in Sweden.
Who Are We?
We are a team of international filmmakers serving with a ministry of Youth with a Mission. Our ministry is a frontier-mission ministry that has been in existence for over 25 years. We produce evangelistic media in the heart language and cultural style of the least evangelized people groups in the world. God has provided our ministry with many skilled and creative individuals who use media and art to strategically make His message known among the nations. Our vision is to communicate the message of Jesus Christ in creative ways that people can understand from their cultural and linguistic background, using media that can be widely distributed, such as dramatic films. We are also trainers who are using this experience to help students learn how to make exciting, cross-cultural evangelistic films.
What is this film about?
Our film is inspired by the true stories of Syrian refugee families who have escaped the horrors of war by fleeing to Sweden to begin a new life. It is a film about two Syrian refugee women and their journey toward redemption, based on the Book of Ruth from the Hebrew Scriptures. But modernized and set in present day Sweden, home to many of the Syrian refugees in exile from their homeland. It’s a story of faith, miracles and redemption. It’s about starting life again, in a new land, full of hope!
Why is this film a good idea?
There are a number of well-made documentaries out there about the plight of the Syrian people. What we are proposing is not a film about the Syrian people for the world to watch, but a movie about Syrian people, for
Syrian people to watch! This is their story we will tell back to them.
By partnering with the Syrian people we can tell a powerful story about God’s redemption, even in the challenges of resettlement – of being lost and then found. It will be an inspirational movie that will share the Good News of Jesus and give them hope for a better tomorrow.
Along with caring for their physical and emotional needs, the Body of Christ also needs to share the Good News of Christ in a way that Syrians can understand and embrace as their own. Our film will be culturally relevant, tailored just for them. The language will be Syrian Arabic. And the actors themselves will be Syrian!
This film will provide all Syrians the opportunity to open their hearts, find restoration from their broken past, and encounter a true and living God!
How can you help this film succeed?
You can help support the project practically:
Because our cast and crew are all volunteers, we are very much hoping to have help local. This will help keep our film production costs more reasonable.
* Network with our local representatives to help open doors to people willing to help
* Identify local Syrian-Arabic speaking actors to be in the movie
* Provide locations where we can shoot the movie
* Serve some of our meals for our small cast and crew during production (15 to 30 people)
Distribute the completed film to Syrians.
You can also help us financially.
Because making a good film costs money, we and our Swedish team members researched how much it would cost to produce the film in Sweden. We have set a reasonable budget of $25,000USD.
The money will cover costs for:
Meals & housing for crew while in country
Transportation for cast & crew to and from locations
Location fees & permits
Scholarships for Syrian refugees to receive training on our filmmaking seminar (see below)
We’re also offering scholarships to Syrian Refugees
The Syrian Refugee Film Project will include scholarships for our six-week filmmaking seminar where we will train students in the basics of cross-cultural filmmaking. The students will then serve as production assistants on the film. They will have the opportunity to learn practical movie-making skills that could help them secure jobs, in the industry, in the future, and to use media effectively in their ministries.
When & Where?
The entire project will take place from 28 May to 8 July in the Gothenburg and Ljungskile areas on the west coast of Sweden.
We invite you to join us in this effort to bring hope to the Syrian people. We believe your generosity today will make a lasting impact on Syrian refugees’ lives forever. We want to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them by telling this Syrian refugee story, a story that can inspire change, testify to God’s grace, and
encourage hope for a better future.
Can we count on you to partner with us by giving towards the costs of this film? You can contact us anytime via email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +66 82-392-3788. We will be happy to help you start the
process. Perhaps you’re very busy, but already know that you want to donate. You can send funds directly to this bank account.
We look forward to seeing you on our team!
Yours in Christ,