Kite-Runner was developed as hub with counseling and workshop
opportunities, social events, and network building activities for Afghans with and without journalistic background run by the Istanbul-based association Diyalog-Derneği in cooperation with the International Media Support (IMS).
Afghans living in Istanbul participated in real meetings, social events, and activities while Afghans in other parts of Turkey and back in Afghanistan participated in online workshops. Especially the creative program for females was as online session implemented.
One main focus of the activities in 2023 is to upgrade all kind of skills of media people from Afghanistan (e.g., language skills, writing skills, editing skills and so on) so that they will become better qualified to work as freelancers for international media outlets in a global comparison.
This will mean that in 2023 more safe online activities will play a role
within the Kite Runner activities alongside physical meetings in Turkey to support media activists and journalists from Afghanistan in Turkey and other third countries and in Afghanistan itself.
The establishment of a media hub serves to network and acquire participants and pave the way for professionalizing media skills.
Questions about conflict situations, gender equality, and local communities will be addressed and will sensitize participants and the public online.
Diyalog is an inter-cultural association dedicated to communities, diversity, and new media. The principal objectives are the promotion of exchange and cooperation in order to carry out an intercultural understanding to strengthen as well as above all a cultural dialogue beyond borders.
International Media Support
IMS supports local media to reduce conflict and strengthen democracy. It works in a context-sensitive manner, carefully assessing the needs of local media in each country before entering into close dialogue with local organizations and international peers.
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Thomas Büsch is an odd filmmaker and curator from Germany based in Istanbul; together with Sabine Küper-Büsch he initiated the Mahalla festival in the name of the Istanbul based association diyalog. The objectives of the association are the promotion of exchange and cooperation in order to carry out an intercultural understanding to strengthen as well as above all a cultural dialogue between communities. In 2014/2015 they established for diyalog and in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Istanbul, an extensive program under the title Searching Traces with the aim to give creative people with and without migration backgrounds the opportunity to look back on and reappraise their experiences in order to find new perspectives in a changing surrounding or in the hosting countries.
Shahzad Mudasir is a Human, Women and Refugee rights advocate Social/Humanitarian worker, and Language Instructor born and raised in Afghanistan, Social Sciences Graduate student based in Istanbul. He has been working with multicultural and very diverse teams with National and International NGOs on several projects like the Child Protection Project for Syrian non-Syrian Refugees/Immigrants implemented by Save the Children International and Zeytinburnu Municipality funded by PRM, Prospects of Economic Purposes Project for Refugees, and Host Community funded by GIZ and many more. Shahzad is very passionate about helping people in need and has been part of several research/studies about Refugees/Migrants and their inclusion in Turkish society. He has been engaging in Psycho-social and cultural activities, seminars, training, and Language Exchanges. He is interested in Arts and Culture, Photography/Videography, Podcasts, Dance, and Poetry.
Producer, art consultant, exhibition and content coordinator. After working as a producer on various artists' projects, she went on to manage content and production for art festivals. A member of Diyalog Association for the past 10 years. Based in Istanbul and manages the Istanbul branch of Supermarket Lab, a Berlin-based communication agency.
Hello! My name is Andrea and I recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Sciences at the University of Bologna, with a thesis about Latinos representation in modern media in the US. I’m very interested in every form of communication and storytelling technique, especially in the journalistic field, from written journalism through podcasts and photography, and that is why I chose to do my internship at Diyalog. During my university career, I also became very passionate about all the migration movements, from understanding the roots of them through the strategies we could adopt to help who is in need.
Sabine Küper-Büsch is a filmmaker and curator from Germany based in Istanbul; together with Thomas Büsch, she initiated the Mahalla Festival in the name of the Istanbul-based association diyalog. The objectives of the association are the promotion of exchange and cooperation in order to carry out an intercultural understanding to strengthen as well as above all a cultural dialogue between communities. Since 2008 they develop an Internet-publishing platform based on Videos called Streetwalking. In 2014/2015 they established for diyalog and in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Istanbul, an extensive program under the title Searching Traces with the aim to give creative people with and without migration backgrounds the opportunity to look back on and reappraise their experiences in order to find new perspectives in a changing surrounding or in the hosting countries.
Adnan Onur Acar
Adnan Onur Acar was born in 1984 in Osmaniye. He completed his primary and secondary education in Osmaniye and his undergraduate education at Marmara University Faculty of Law. He worked as a photographer, photojournalist, translator, and editor before he started working as a lawyer in 2015.
Selsela Imamzada is an Afghan journalist living in Ankara. She has been involved in media activities for many years. She worked as a journalist in the Afghan media between 2013-2018. Selsela Imamzada focused on the plight of Afghan women, child labor and the fight against extremism in her reports. She has been working as a reporter, production and broadcast manager at Alborz media since 2022. She likes reading books, visiting historical places and getting to know different cultures.
Somaia Walizadeh is an investigative journalist associated with Khillid Radio from Herat, Afghanistan.
Carolin Gantz Vargas
Hey, my name is Carolin Gantz Vargas. I am a Student at Freie Universität Berlin. I major in Social- and Cultural Anthropology. I live in Istanbul during my Erasmus at Boğaziçi Üniversitesi majoring in Sociology. My field of interest lies specifically in the studies of movements and protests. In my work, I try to capture underrepresented voices and perspectives. I also explore different ways of doing so, through photography, film, personal writing, and researching my own experiences in different fields. This should result in using contemporary media outlets and technology to tell real stories from real people through them.