Commissioned Work


Street Stories – 2010

Length: 35 minutes
Director: Morvary Samare, Astrid Schau-Larsen
Producer: YWCA Montreal
Photo: Astrid Schau-Larsen, Morvary Samare
Music: Scott Russell
Animation: Parissa Mohit, Valerie Valade
Edit: Astrid Schau-Larsen
Financing: Minister of Public Health  Canada, YWCA Montreal
 Format: 16:9 (Letterbox)


Ramz was commissioned by YWCA Montreal to contribute to a program, funded by the Minister of Public Health, which focuses on the prevention of recruitment of girls in street gangs.

“Street Stories: girls, gangs, and realities” features the stories and experiences of over a dozen Montreal youth who have either lived or been close to the realities of gang life. From various ages, neighbourhoods, and cultural backgrounds, each youth is unique in the way he or she tells and reflects on their story. Street interviews with the general public and a group discussion are also woven into the film to demonstrate what people generally understand when they hear of street gangs and the roles commonly played by girls.

The documentary film is edited into three short segments, capturing the three main themes of the interviews: street gangs, the role of girls, and the consequences associated. The reflections and stories told touch on issues such as recruitment strategies, initiation process, motivations to both join and exit, as well as desires for a preferred and fulfilling future.

Street Stories is primarily intended as an educational tool in the context of a prevention program aimed at reducing the risks of sexual exploitation of young girls ages 12-14, called Choose Your Way. Through supported programming and a strength-based approach, the film is simply used as a tool to launch discussion and encourage critical thinking on the issues at hand. Educators, youth workers, social service agents, and parents are examples of other intended audiences.


Caravan to end Canadian Involvement in Torture – 2008

Length: 4 minutes
Director: Morvary Samare
Producer: RAMZ
Photo: Astrid Schau-Larsen
Edit: Astrid Schau-Larsen
Financing: Stop Canadian Involvement in Canada
Format: 4:3

Ramz was asked to make a promo video for the October 2008 Caravan Against Canadian Involvement in Torture. This Caravan was a group of people traveling through the provice of Ontario, Canada, with the purpuse to spread awareness on the subject of three canadian men, Abullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muayyed Nureddin, who have all been detained and tortured in Syria.



Refugium- 2008

Length: 6 Minutes
Director: REFUGIUM
Producer: REFUGIUM
Photo: Astrid Schau-Larsen
Editor: Astrid Schau-Larsen
Financing: Youth in Action, Bergen Kommune
Format: 4:3

During the summer 2008, the staff of RAMZ took part in a project called REFUGIUM. By mixing photography, digital storytelling and graphic design, all show online, REFUGIUM aims to help change the way refugees and Norwegian born people see each other.

33 million people worldwide live in exile. Every day people fear for their lives on the basis of race, religion, nationality or political beliefs. More than 40 percent of refugees are children. Imagine that you had to leave your home behind for such reasons. What would make you feel safe and welcome in your new country? What is your refuge, now?

REFUGIUM is a three month project that has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the EU program Youth in Action, Bergen Kommune, Save the Children and Mediaverkstedet i Bergen (MiB).