The non-profit organization A.E.I AUDIOVISUAL FORUM, through its actions, focuses on the three pillars: ARCHEOLOGY – ETHNOGRAPHY – HISTORY and aspires, through the education on the documentary field ,to be a conduit for the promotion and dissemination of the cultural heritage, the heritage of our homeland. At the same time, it functions as a platform of collecting, recording and screening of documentaries with stories of people, places, cultures from all over the world.
Perhaps the most important function of the organization is the Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Documentary Festival, through which its educational dimension is shown, emphasizing the participation of students of all levels, not only as spectators but also as creators. This action that is strengthened year by year and actuates the young to research, record and present issues related to the cultural heritage and history of our place, through documentaries.
In 2018, Tetraktys Films in collaboration with the Unesco Cyprus Schools Partnership Network, organized on a pilot basis the first cycle of student documentaries on short documentary film production, with the participation of 60 students and 7 teachers from 6 high schools. As part of this workshop, the students made five 10-minute documentaries, which were presented at the 1st International Festival of Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Documentaries and later on, during a student seminar, where the 2nd cycle of workshops for 2019 was announced.
In 2019, the 2nd cycle of the same workshop was implemented, with the participation of 160 High School and Middle School students as
well as 15 teachers from 13 schools belonging to the Network of Corporate Schools of UNESCO Cyprus. The organizers of the workshops assigned their training to a group of four directors, with the aim of creating thirteen 10-minute documentaries which were screened at the 2nd Cyprus Archaeological, Ethnographic and Historical Film Festival.
Educational activities that, also, took place in AEI 2019 festival were:
- Short film production workshops with the participation of primary schools of Aglantzia.
- Interactive music-theater workshop entitled: “A photograph, a voice and a lute will travel us back in time”
- Geology workshop from the Troodos Geopark, with the aim of acquainting children with the science of geology, with reference to the Troodos mountain range.
- Ceramics workshop with the Susana Petri, in which the children were taught how to create figurines inspired by the Bronze Age, as well as small vases, using the ancient techniques of the creators of the past.
- Archeological workshop with the archaeologist Elisabeth Stefanis entitled: “Let me introduce myself to you: archaeologist”, which aimed the acquaintance of the children with the science of archeology.
In addition, a student symposium was held in October 2019, where students and teachers who participated in the second cycle of workshops, had the opportunity to exchange their experience with students and school teachers who were interested in participating in the upcoming cycle of workshops, in 2020.
In 2020, the 3rd cycle of student workshops was implemented, with the participation of 24 schools of Secondary Education, both public and private.