Ulysses’ Gaze: Stories of Migration through East-European Cinematography


Ulysses’ Gaze: Stories of Migration through East-European Cinematography is a Grundtvig project, which is a section of the Life Long Learning Programme. The project takes place between October 2013 and June 2015. It is the result of a partnership between 5 organizations in 5 countries: Belgium, The Netherlands, Greece, Poland and Romania.

The partners introduced their learners to the cinema of Eastern and Central Europe and of the Balkans, and particularly to the issues revolving around migration. For the duration of the project 14 movie screenings will take place at about the same time in all the partner organizations, followed by a debate on the topic of migration involving everyone present. The debate continued online on a blog dedicated to the project, and at the end of the project the most valuable contributions will be integrated in an Ebook.

The partners involved in the project are organizations from both Eastern and Western Europe, which have among their objectives to stimulate the general public’s interest in the heritage, history and culture of the Eastern and Central Europe and of the Balkans. The five organizations are:

The movie projections were open to the public and some of them had moderators for the following debates. The moderators were people that could facilitate the public’s awareness of a larger context both in cinema and culture (academics, writers, specialists, filmmakers, actors). The results of the activities can be viewed on the website of the project as well as its facebook page.

The most notable result of the project is the online publication Ulysses’ Gaze. Stories of migration in Europe, an ebbok that comprises papers and articles written by members of the academia or by people with personal experience regarding migration. The ebook can be read and downloaded for free in English, Ulysses’ Gaze e-book and in Romanian, Privirea lui Ulise.

gruntvig_featuredThis project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.