Shaping European identity through movies

Tue 16 Jul 2013 11:36:00 AM EEST

EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2013. EAEA hands out the yearly EAEA Grundtvig Award to a successful European learning partnership. This year´s theme for the award was "Active citizenship and transnational solidarity - Adult Education as a tool against nationalism, chauvinism and xenophobia".

The article series spreads good practices by introducing the nominees of EAEA Grundtvig Award 2013.

Film storytelling, as a form of art, has always enjoyed a privileged status regarding its relationship with life. Moving images have the power to create meaning and expose and hide multiple realities. They can also be shared easily through new media, as films are easily shared, downloaded and commented in the virtual community.

The idea of the Facilitate Informal Learning through Movies - FILM project was to let the learners see a variety of films, let them comment on them and share opinions and experiences in the virtual and face-to-face community. The goal was to gain cultural, historical and language knowledge about other European countries.

Facing the European history

Films chosen as the part of the project showed the horror caused in past years by nationalism, discrimination and racial hatred. The participating countries of the project had deeply suffered the consequences of two devastating world wars and blind totalitarianism during the past century. They are now facing the effects of migration and a new multicultural society.

Through images, learners were able to face these topics from non-conventional points of views. The films used in the project were of less famous forms of cinema, far from the mainstream of Hollywood movies.

Films offer rich opportunities for comparisons, because the same themes are handled differently by different directors from different cultures. By seeing films from various countries, the learners gained a wider perspective and a deeper understanding of European history, and differences and similarities of the cultures.

FILM project

Target groups

Adult learners, specific target group determined by the type of each partner organisation

Project partners

  • Istituto Comprensivo "PASCOLI" (Project Coordinator)
  • Organization Salvati CopIII Filiala Hunedoara, Romania
  • Pučko otvoreno učilište "Mencl", Croatia
  • Niedersächsischer Bund für freie Erwachsenenbildung e. V., Germany
  • South Eastern Regional College (Newcastle Campus), Ireland
  • Līkloči, Latvia
  • Centre de Formació d'Adults Teresa Mañé (CFA Teresa Mañé), Spain


  • Providing easy access to informal adult education;
  • Motivating students to learn foreign languages, as films expose to foreign languages in a non-threatening setting;
  • Learning about history, politics and Europe from another point of view;
  • Providing a setting for meeting new people, exchanging experiences and sharing good practices, fighting against stereotypes, and overcoming possible racial and xenophobic feelings;
  • Growing learners accustomed to a multi-ethnic society and developing a feeling of being part of Europe;
  • Making adult learning more attractive;
  • Promoting ICT in education;
  • Motivating adults to go on learning after the end of the project by giving them a portfolio of competencies formally recognising their skills;
  • Creating a network of schools and non-profit associations in order to support the project activities and initiatives.


  • Watching and analysing films: each partner dealt with the vision of the films chosen to represent meaningful moments in European history and civilization, but the list of films included movies from all partners;
  • Organising cinematic events, e.g. workshops, retrospectives and festivals, meetings with authors, actors or directors, and the production of a short film.

Contact the coordinator

Cinzia Perniola: hollycapote(at)


Text: Raffaela Kihrer