Stories We Tell
“Stories we tell” is a platform aimed at promoting inter-ethnic and inter-community relations in Kosovo through visual storytelling by youth of different communities and ethnicities, living in Kosovo. Through this platform, young people from Kosovo were provided with necessary tools and knowledge in the field of visual storytelling in order to voice their opinions and views on social issues. The project developed a dedicated interactive portal for significant number of videos and other visual content to be placed. This way the youth of Kosovo was provided with an opportunity to release a substantial number of visual works of social nature, influencing public opinion, and therefore inadvertently influencing public policy positively.
The aim of the project was to provide tools so youth will no longer be a passive observer of the social injustice but active agents of change, through visual media work. Exposure of international visual storytellers in Kosovo and vice versa, where stories on inter-ethnic living, community cooperation, human rights and social issues are explored, will bring a increased understanding of complexities of communal and inter-ethnic life in Kosovo, as well as bring heightened understanding of many social issues present globally, to local visual storytellers.
DokuFest has worked intensively in strengthening the ability of selected Kosovo youth with different ethnic backgrounds and of different economic standing in community, in research, storytelling, as well as social media use for voicing their opinions, thus creating the necessary knowledge and infrastructure for youth in Kosovo to effectively use the internet for social change.
36 young women and man attended the workshops on storytelling and use of social media, a cooperation of DokuFest with Kosovo 2.0.
Through three sub-grantees , “Lumbardhi Foundation”, “Durmish Asllano” and “Romawood” many high school students from Prizren/Prizren and Plementina (Obiliq/Obilič) have produced one-minute stories on human rights, their daily challenges and struggles. Web platform is a sharing virtual space of all these youngsters. DokuFest will further support the technical capacity of their production. Being viral, the web site is very easily reachable and a mirror of visual inter-ethnic stories that young people of Kosovo have and want to tell.
A total of five documentaries were produced through DokuFest Film Production Centre- Human Rights Film Factory, established in 2010 through the support of the European Union Office in Kosovo. “Stories We Tell” brought together five young regional filmmakers and film lovers who embrace documentary form in all its glory and obstacles, emphasize real life stories from Kosovo and the Balkans, each in their own unique way.
Initiated with intensive workshops by American documentary director Richard Pierce and famed editor Lynzee Klingman, filmmakers were closely mentored by award winning writer/directors Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci. Prior to commence the production of their films the selected filmmakers attended intensive master class by acclaimed journalist and filmmaker David France on the different aspects during the work on his documentary “How to Survive a Plague”. Filmmakers Henry Corra and Jeremy Amar shared their filmmaking process and creative inspirations, while Oscar-Nominated director Christian Frei and Emmy-Award-Nominated DOP Peter Indergand talked about the creation of WAR PHOTOGRAPHER, SPACE TOURISTS and SLEEPLESS IN NEW YORK.
All of these master classes served as an inspiration to selected filmmakers to conceive, shoot and produce their films and present them to the audience at the 14th edition of DokuFest.
With Prizren as their base and inspiration, filmmakers’ concerns and personal journeys, invited the audience to reflect and wonder at the very world that surrounds us. The documentaries of young directors from Kosovo, Albania and Serbia were premiered on August 12 2015, in front of a full theatre of 200 seats and by other 200 people situated along the bridge’s edge.
Whether giving voice to an anonymous woman isolated in a domestic shelter, pondering those still missing from the 1999 conflict or the recent exodus of migrants from Kosovo to EU countries, each of these documentaries offer a fresh, first-person perspective to the stories behind the headlines. Trailers of the films are available here! The films will be soon available on VOD Platform.
This way our Film Production Centre remains in function throughout the year with a mission to support young filmmakers, from production to postproduction, research, and consulting all the way to equipment rental. The interactive website containing all videos developed by youth who participated is now functional .