Lights, Camera, History!
This program was a turning point for Lights, Camera, Learn, since we decided to do something that we have never done before, which allowed us to break two LCL - and probably world - records. The first record we broke was by creating our History of Zanzibar movie, while the second was a cultural movie that was made by our local interns in Swahili. Both projects were new and experimental, which is why they came with their own challenges, and allowed us to grow and learn as an organization.
The history film taught us that teaching history is hard, due to the fact that there are always two sides to the story. Since our English speaking team only became proficient in Swahili after leaving Zanzibar, we had to learn how to give the locals their own platform to freely express the history of their own land. With the help of local historical experts, we were able to responsibly spread the knowledge of this beautiful island so that it can help anyone who is trying to learn.
Finally, you should wrap up your Zanzibar experience by watching our Behind the Scenes to feel as though you spent your last moments of 2018 on a tropical island with us.
After being fully immersed in the Zanzibar online experience, you can watch out for the launch of our new merchandise to purchase and wear in order to solidify your place with our family, and maybe even sign up to be part of our team for next summer.
“When I took out my laptop, which had 50 movies that Lights, Camera, Learn produced in our previous programs, the kids couldn’t look away. It started off with just one film, and then I figured they would want to play games, but when we were done with all the films we made in Palestine, and after I answered their questions about the kids over there, they wanted to watch the movies we made in Tunis, and then Paris, and Sharjah, and Sevilla. They were so curious, and they loved watching the bloopers because they remembered how they made mistakes while they were filming. During this time, we managed to finish up our last scenes, and all the stars were huddled around the screen, listening, learning, and relating to kids from around the world. It was a special moment for me knowing that soon kids from around the world will watch these kids teaching them about the History of Zanzibar, in a way that a lecture simply can’t.” - Amal Bahloul.