According to a 2019 study, only 39 % of Poles are immune to hate campaigns. Meanwhile, in official broadcasts of public television, anti-Semitic and homophobic content can be easily identified. The foreign and the unknown is discredited and causes resentment and hatred. According to the Campaign Against Homophobia research, 30% of LGBT + people in Poland face violence because of their identity, and the number of hate crimes for other reasons is also growing.
The project addresses the problem of spreading anti-Semitic and homophobic attitudes through a series of workshops and film screenings “Jew, Gay – deformations of the unknown”.
As part of the project, anti-discrimination workshops will be conducted on the basis of selected films. The aim of the workshop will be to familiarize participants with unknown, and therefore often demonized, groups (Jews and LGBT + people). Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn about the life of movie protagonists (Jews ang LGBT+ people): a rock star, cyclist and activist of urban movements. At least 100 people will take part in the workshops all over Poland.
The workshops will be conducted by activists from all over Poland. In the first stage of the project, they will learn the methods of working with the film as source material and the basis for starting a discussion on equality issues. A scenario of meetings around selected films will be developed, aimed at eliminating anti-Semitic and homophobic attitudes. Both the films and screenplays will be available on a dedicated subpage of the Jewish Film Festival.
Due to the project, at least 100 people will have the opportunity to learn about new ways of conducting anti-discrimination education based on film materials.