Partner: Dear Onlus –  Sector: Health  –  Country: Italy –  Place: Turin and Novara –  Year: 2020 –  Project Status: Ongoing –  Type: AMI


The realization of a video-making workshop with adolescent oncology patients who are working with their respective classes in separate groups as directors and editors of the material produced.



To offer young patients a high level cultural experience that transforms the negative impact of hospitalization into an occasion fostering personal creative expression as well as involving them in new technologies; strengthening training opportunities providing useful tools to deal with hospital stays and home convalescence; involving respective classmates to combat isolation and reinforce relationships between peers; offering youth an occasion to experience a stimulating professional reality through learning by doing.


3 adolescent and pre-adolescent patients in the pediatric oncology ward of the Regina Margherita Children’s Hospital in Turin and the Spoke centre for pediatric oncology of the Novara University Hospital, as well as 70/75 students in the respective classes of the patients.


DEAR is a non-profit organization that has been working on making hospitalization a more human experience since 2016, when it began the Robo&Bobo project, an innovative didactic/workshop on programming, digital fabrication, electronics and digital graphics aimed at introducing adolescent and pre-adolescent patients to new technology.

This project, supported by AMI, foresees the realization of a video-making workshop comprising 18/24 meetings (for 6/8 oncology patients) – some face-to-face and others undertaken in collaboration with their respective classes. The first meetings centre on storytelling aiming at delineating the basis for a personal and a group story by means of a video. The second part of the workshop is dedicated to the acquisition of techniques based on filming, editing and production. During the last part the material produced is selected to be inserted in a final 3 clip documentary video, the result of a collective effort.

The project promotes video making as an instrument for personal expression through rediscovery, and gives a new meaning to the term “classroom” along the lines of the original Greek “open space”, eliminating the traditional school desks in favour of an open exchange of ideas during which complex ideas are discussed freely and unhindered by “adult” interpretation. Learning to express oneself and to understand that each person’s story is important for others as well as oneself, which engenders self-esteem.

In 2018, in partnership with AMG, AMI supported that year’s Robo&Bobo edition (Link) of the HanaHana project, which consisted of the development of an original version of the award-winning opera in virtual reality of the Swiss Mélodie Mousset, HanaHana, with the young patients of the pediatric oncology ward of the Margherita Children’s Hospital in Turin.