By Russ Cooper

The Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling’s Montreal Life Stories has linked up with the National Film Board’s interactive online CitizenShift initiative to help bring the stories of human rights violation survivors out of the shadows and into the light.

“This project has always been about telling the stories that reach beyond the victimization and the atrocities, and into the stories of survival and humanity,” says Life Stories Project Coordinator Lucho van Isschot, “but it’s the way we’re getting those stories out there that’s unique.”

The collaboration between Life Stories and CitizenShift brings the stories of survivors of war, genocide and other human rights violations told through a range of media, including short videos, photographs, written texts and podcasts available on their websites, and