Once Erasmus, forever Erasmus
The first documentary about the professional stories of former Erasmus
The Erasmus program has changed the lives of over 3 million students. All of these students shared the common experience of an academic and cultural exchange that enriched their lives and changed their futures. Erasmus unites students from all over Europe and thereby challenges the existing boundaries and stereotypes. Erasmus offers a dive into diversity, a challenge towards innovation and, above all, a personal encounter with the world.
University press, local news stations, various blogs, websites, etc. all contain vivid accounts and reflections of these Erasmus experiences. The program has proven successful, and the majority of students return satisfied with luggage full of freshly-acquired adventures and hopeful new dreams. However, what exactly will happen after these students return? Will Erasmus continue to drive and motivate their goals and ambitions, or will the memory of their experience soon fade out and be forgotten?
Once Erasmus Forever Erasmus is a documentary project directed by garagErasmus that aims to explore and portray the infinite and life-long impact of Erasmus on students all over Europe. The idea for this documentary project grew out of a blazing curiosity about the lives of all ex-Erasmus students in Europe. Since garagErasmus addresses exactly this audience, it is vital to know who these people are and how Erasmus influenced their lives and futures.
To support their network, garagErasmus relies on extensive research and testimonies of former Erasmus students. But these data, however essential and interesting, do not represent the vibrant and exciting reality of life during – and after – Erasmus. Once Erasmus Forever Erasmus will tell the inspirational and adventurous stories of these former Erasmus students by focusing on a variety of aspects and arguments: Did Erasmus really change their lives? How did it change their attitudes towards the future? How did their experiences shape their future goals and ambitions? How did Erasmus influence their career paths and professional environment? And, finally, are they once Erasmus, forever Erasmus?
This documentary will tackle all these questions and many more in an informative yet highly creative, dynamic and artistic documentary project. Once Erasmus Forever Erasmus wishes to portray the rich world, culturally and personally, of Erasmus that lingers on far beyond the actual exchange; in fact, it continues to influence and to inspire for a lifetime. Once Erasmus Forever Erasmus will follow the lives of a few former Erasmus students from different backgrounds and different generations. garagErasmus particularly appeals to European entrepreneurs; however, this documentary will additionally include a variety of characters with different interests. The film, for example, will illustrate how an artist’s international success benefits from his former Erasmus experience while simultaneously depicting how a young entrepreneur reaches success through his past Erasmus acquaintances.
This documentary will serve as an inspiration for all generations who have encountered Erasmus: the documentary will travel through Europe, recounting the appealing tales of cultural exchange, personal development, intellectual challenge, tolerance and acceptance. All emotions lived and conquered during Erasmus will all come to life again during this stirring picture of former Erasmus students’ lives. Once Erasmus Forever Erasmus picks up where the experience left off and explores its lasting influence on all of the students: how did their lives evolve after Erasmus?
We are calling on your support for the future development of our project. We are currently brainstorming over the development of our script and story line, which will only result in a tangible outcome after a European-wide casting session for our future protagonists. As mentioned before, we are looking for diverse characters from different generations and backgrounds in order to portray a complete and thorough picture of the Erasmus experience. The angle throughout the film will focus on the empowerment and the development of a united Europe through the students who have experienced Erasmus and thereby acquired its accompanying European ideals. This film, of course, will not be a dull and strictly informational depiction of life after Erasmus. On the contrary, it will portray the inner and dynamic lives of our protagonists and vividly grasp the experiences of the innovative Erasmus students.