Follow their journey

One of Project Common Ground’s objectives is to provide platforms for refugee and Malaysian youths to collaborate. Together as three teams of six, each team will create and produce a short film that explores “The commonalities they share as children living in Malaysia”. Follow their journey from total strangers to friends to fellow collaborators!

Melting Pot

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.”
– James Beard

On The Same Team

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
– Ryunosuke Satoro

Camp Common Ground

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
– Henry Ford

Thinking Cap

“Everything begins with an idea.”
– Earl Nightingale

Telling Our Story through Film

“Stories are a communal currency of humanity.”
– Tahir Shah

Our Common Ground Film Festival

“Awareness is the first step to action. They have to know something is going on to know to do something about it. “
– Derick Virgil

Melting Pot

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” – James Beard

We can learn a lot from each other through food. That is why we created the first icebreaker event around food. Melting Pot event was the first time the project participants meet. There were a mix of nervousness, curiosity and excitement. Therefore, the activities and and games were intentionally conducted to help them to break the awkwardness and shyness. 

What are the objective?
  • Introduce participants to each other
  • Experience collaborating in an activity together
  • Create opportunity for conversation
What did they do?
  • Introduced themselves to other participants
  • Prepared lunch together through cooking workshops 
  • Had the opportunity to ask questions about each other

On The Same Team

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

Competitive sports always pitch one team against another. The second icebreaker was different. It was a one day sports event where participants played a series of games in two teams. The team members were shuffled for every game. It was an opportunity for them to play with different team members and work towards a common goal together.

What are the objective?
  • Build team spirit between participants through sports
  • Provide a fun platform for participants to further engage with one another
What did they do?
  • Play various competitive sports together
  • Share experiences through conversations

Camp Common Ground

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Ryunosuke Satoro

Camp Common Ground is a three days 2 nights retreat where participants spend time getting to know each other better. It is a programme designed to allow their friendships to develop organically through fun and leisurely activities. Storytelling and film-making workshops were also conducted by project mentors to give them tools to develop their short film ideas.

What are the objective?
  • Provide the space and time for friendships to develop
  • Equip participants with relevant tools and exposure on film making
  • Provide the platform for participants to explore their commonalities and differences
  • Provide dedicated time for teams to develop their short film ideas together with team mentors
What did they do?
  • Spend time playing, dancing, singing and relaxing 
  • Shared their heartfelt stories with one another
  • Attended workshops and brainstormed for their short film ideas
  • Explored the commonalities they shared with each other

Thinking Cap

“Everything begins with an idea.”
– Earl Nightingale

Thinking Cap are sessions purposefully created for teams to discuss and deliberate over their ideas. Each team are guided and mentored by individuals from the creative industry. 

What are the objective?
  • Brainstorm ideas for their short film
  • Create opportunities for each team to learn from team mentors
  • Give each team sufficient time to prepare for production
What are they doing now?
  • Developing the core message for their short film
  • Assigning roles to each team members
  • Working on the short film pre-production details
  • Polishing proposed ideas