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In 2007, Ms Maiguashca set up Film Crew Club, a media programme in which she has worked for a decade with over a thousand students. Over the last 10 years, the media landscape has changed dramatically. Social media apps and filmmaking tools have become a fundamental part of our digital lives. Young people, in particular, learn, socialise, explore their identities and engage with the world using their screens. Media literacy is now a basic literacy.
In response to these developments, Film Crew Club workshops focus on conversation and co-creation formats: students work with cameras + handheld devices to explore 2/3D animation, live action, gaming and social media content. By making films together, students learn, first hand, how to look at media critically. They become better filmmakers, as well as, better media consumers. Teachers learn to mentor youngsters and parents are given tools to connect with their children’s online experiences.
Film Crew Club workshops are offered as part of after-school programmes in both junior and senior Amsterdam based schools. They are also offered as independent workshops throughout the year for kids, teens and adults at other locations. See below for upcoming workshops.

Classes can be given in English or Dutch.



For more information and photos about Film Crew Club activities go to our Facebook page: @filmcrewclub


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Ms. Maiguashca combines teaching with a wide range of media work. Her projects are often centred around the experiences of children and young adults.
Below are some examples.


Friends Like Me

Friends Like Me is a media project in which children and teenagers reflect on their experiences of screen life. This media tool aims to offer teachers, parents and researchers more insight into the online experiences of students and children between 9 -17 years of age. I have worked as a media mentor for a decade with over a thousand children and teenagers in different schools and educational programmes. This project has grown out of my experiences co-creating media with young people as well as my experiences as a mother facing the challenges of parenting children and teens in 2017.

Friends Like Me





“Mijn Backpack”, an interactive storytelling platform for foster children to help them understand and process the trauma of leaving home. Our team developed different media environments for the children (picture cards, books, audio recordings, soundscapes, puppet shows, music pieces) to encourage them, with the help of therapists, to explore their own stories in a safe environment. We documented this process through film and developed an interactive game using the children’s drawings to create the landscape and as a basis for animations of the duck as he goes through his adventure.
Backpack is currently being used by national foster care organisations in France, Sweden, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. The project continues to be introduced to national foster organisations throughout Europe.

No Escape

For “Creatieve Dag” the Berlage Lyceum offered a zombie film workshop for participating students. We had a great time scripting, directing and shooting the grizzly encounters!

Geloof in de Buurt

Geloof in de Buurt is a dutch educational project that focuses on faith in the community. It is commissioned by the publishers Kwintessens and Arkade-Cilon and offers elementary schools a media tool kit for learning about different faiths and religions. The purpose of the project is to encourage young people to explore, learn and share experiences. Our project team worked with seven children filming their visits to De Sultan Ahmed Moskee in Zaandam and De Dominicuskerk in Amsterdam. The final film is part of the toolkit offered to schools who join the project.



Kika Social Media Campaign

The graduating class of the Schreuder Instituut embarked on a social media project for the children’s cancer charity: Kika! A team of runners signed up for the Kika Run in Spaarnwoude in June 2012 while a team of students, armed with cameras and microphones documented the training and final races. The student media team also launched an online fundraising campaign on Facebook using films shot in the school during the run up to the big race day. They learned the value of face-to-face campaigning, standing in front of the school doors mobilizing parents and teachers to contribute to the cause. But they also learned how to reach a wider public on Facebook through the international networks of the parents and teachers in the school and found donors from as far as Canada! The whole class was involved in sharing, linking and learning how to keep a message “live” online. The team raised over 1,060.00 euros in 3 weeks. The final film was screened during the graduation ceremony.


Onze Deuren Openen

Onze Deuren Openen is a short documentary film made by a group of elementary students with support from filmmaker, Manuela Maiguashca. This project was part of the Kind Op Maandag curriculum in which students were asked to investigate the theme of “open doors”. Students spent time with homeless men and women now living in the Salvation Army accomodation in Amsterdam and learned about their lives. The film was screened in the Westerkerk for the Christmas service. Participants in the film attended the screening.


  • Friends Like Me

    Friends Like Me

  • Backpack


  • No Escape

    No Escape

  • Geloof in de Buurt

    Geloof in de Buurt

  • Kika Social Media Campaign

    Kika Social Media Campaign

  • Onze Deuren Openen

    Onze Deuren Openen


Maiguashca_2015-cropManuela Maiguashca is a British filmmaker, activist and teacher who lives and works in the Netherlands. She produces and directs documentary media projects that deal with human rights, social inclusion and child welfare. She works with international NGOs as an activist, director and producer. Her film work has been broadcast and screened internationally and, more importantly, used in a wide range of educational and advocacy programmes. Ms. Maiguashca has taught media for over 15 years to adults and children in a wide range of schools and digital literacy programmes. She was a visiting lecturer at The London Film Academy for 15 years and is currently developing Film Crew Club into a media mentoring programmes for children, teenagers and parents. Workshops are offered in Amsterdam based schools as well as at other locations in both English and Dutch.
She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with young people as well as learning from them.




Manuela Maiguashca

Mobile: 0650856658
Email: maiguashca@filmcrewclub.com
Facebook: @filmcrewclub