Lutheran filmmaker leads video workshops for students

Following an invitation from Peace Not Walls staff, on January 5 Lutheran filmmaker Tim Frakes donated his time and expertise for two website and video production workshops for high school students at schools of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL). Ten students, a teacher, a volunteer, and a principal attended at no cost during their winter school break and in spite of the fighting in the nearby Gaza Strip.

Participants were instructed in basic camera technique, composition, and sound recording, and were also introduced to new video social networking sites, blogging, and Facebook. Students showed interest, and through Facebook some now have continued their conversation with Frakes.  Frakes told the students, “I don’t want to teach you how to make videos; I want you to change the world through your videos.”

The workshops were held at the Dar Al Kalima Lutheran School in Bethlehem and at the Evangelical Lutheran School of Beit Sahour and were organized by Sister Sylvia Countess, ELCA Global Mission assistant to ELCJHL schools director Dr. Charlie Haddad.

Sister Sylvia Countess addresses workshop participants at the Dar al-Kalima Lutheran School in Bethlehem.

A student at the Dar al-Kalima Lutheran School in Bethlehem listens during the workshop.

Workshop Leader Tim Frakes


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