Inspirational Center for Teens and Young Adults
The Manara Center is located in Bar Elias, which is in the Center of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon and has the largest concentration of Syrian refugees in the region. Since 2018, our center serves teenagers and young adults, and has sponsored programs for younger children as well. Combining under one roof a diverse range of professionally run programs, we aim not only to provide a much-needed safe space away from the everyday confines of settlement life, but also enable and inspire their own passions constructively through vocational and technological training. We currently offer classes in music, theatre, and English language instruction, and hope to introduce vocational technical training in the areas of audio (sound) production and filmmaking. We have run programs in art, interior design, first aid, computer programming, creative technology, and graphic design.
Mental Health & Case Management
Film Making Program
Our Music Program
Equally important as a means of expression is an engagement with music, the Manara Center has a permanent music room with a range of instruments staffed in such a way to provide a mixture of organised group sessions, and opportunities for individuals to develop their own skills. In 2018-2020 over 80 students benefited from the program and in December 2019, we had our first music concert that was attended by over 400 locals and international NGOs personnel.
Our Theater Program
Our first two theater projects, Yala Bena and Journey to Planet X, were written and directed by our theater teacher Ahmad Al Dalati, Stories are inspired by the youth attending the program. These pieces were performed in theaters to the community and other NGOs. The turn out was amazing and very well received.
Our Film Making Program
Our filmmaking program has been extremely successful, creating two short films, From The Front Line and Our Journey, written and performed by Young Syrian Filmmakers, our students. The films were shown locally in the beqaa to a sold out theaters and now are playing at international film festivals in the US and Europe. This program is mentored by Elias Matar.
We are in the process of producing our first commercial genre feature film which will be shot in Beqaa Lebanon later this year. The screenplay is written by our founder Elias Matar and his writing partner Edward E Romero, later the screenplay will be translated by our students. The film will be directed and filmed by Elias and the students. Post-production will take place at the Manara center and 2 Red Rabbit Films offices in Burbank California.
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Our Art Program
Finally, we are working with local and international artists to provide the necessary resources and training in a diverse range of artistic mediums and styles. Our first program is interior design, which introduces the youth to the art and process of designing the interior of a room and a building.