WHAT IS A COMMUNITY BASED THEATER?
“The Community based theater is a local ethnic theater made by, within and for the specific community it is active in. It is a type of cultural commitment combining art and action, aesthecism and social involvement so as to create change and empowerment.” (Lev Algiam Sh.)
Work at the community theater focuses on a group which has a common denominator. The group becomes an ensemble via a process achieved by theatrical means. The participants bring up their stories and experience group dynamics and theater work. Later on, all this is being processed by the director and turned into a play which is performed in front of the community. This whole operation will be the key for handling problems relevant to each participant, to the group as such, as well as to the entire community.
A COMMUNITY BASED CINEMA – THE COMMUNITY IN A FILM
The community cinema tells the personal, collective story of a group or a community as a whole. Cinema is a familiar, well-known, approachable and leading media tool. The group experiences this art and learns to express itself by visual means. The group will then become a production-team, with the emphasis on the filming process itself. That same team will produce an original film which expresses the feelings of all involved – the actors, the script-writer, the soundman, the director.
WHY THEATER AND CINEMA?
Theater has always served as a mirror to society.
Cinema joined it later on.
A play or a film have to reflect neutrally varying
social points of view in order to encourage re-thinking and change of conventions.
A meaningful conflict is one where each party has its own truth. Understanding this principle enables the production of a play or a film by a group that has gone through a deep, meaningful process. It will induce the group to truthfully look at itself in the mirror, to truthfully look at each one of its members.