02 – 10 August 2019
Edition XVIII

02 – 10 August 2019
Edition XVIII

DOKUFEST ANNOUNCES ITS COMPLETE PANEL SCHEDULE

July 26th, 2018

In order to explore this year’s theme of “Reflection” at depth, we have carefully curated a number of panels and debates that will be taking place all throughout the festival.

PANELS @ HAMAM

REFLECT THE GREEN IN YOU

06 August – 17:00 HRS

The harmful development of hydropower is an ongoing threat, not only for the national parks, but also for downstream areas in the long run. The construction of hydropower plants within even strictly protected areas is not the exception but rather the rule in the Balkans. In areas with the highest protection status even small hydropower are not acceptable as a sustainable solution.

Panelists:

Elton Baxhaku, filmmaker/director, Albania
Besar Likmeta, BIRN Albania, Albania
Ena Bavčić, Civil Rights Defenders, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Aleksandra Bujaroska, Front, Macedonia
Fabian Techene, WWF Adria
Visar Azemi, Balkan Green Foundation, Kosovo

THE OTHER SIDE OF 90’s

07 August – All day exhibition

The Interactive Narrative ICTY: The Kosovo Case 1998-1999 presents how the crimes committed in Kosovo were investigated, reconstructed and prosecuted by the ICTY.  Nine video segments with a total duration of 97 minutes provide evidence on: the failed negotiations and the beginning of the conflict in Kosovo; the challenges that ICTY faced while investigating crimes committed against Kosovo Albanians; and the pattern of crimes explained by the survivors and eye witnesses of mass murders. The video evidence reveals how the crimes were hidden and how the mass graves were then discovered. The last four videos present the findings of  ICTY judgements in cases against the Serbian political, military and police leadership in joint criminal enterprise, as well as crimes committed in the KLA zones of responsibility.

17:00 HRS

Despite the shared conception that there is a certain verifiable truth about the past, and that its revelation will bring justice and accountability, when we think about the past we also relate it to memories, which by nature are elusive.

In Yugoslavia, personal and shared memories were instrumentalized by state narratives in the 1990s, evoking a hostile past, and fuelling ethnic conflicts between people who lived together for decades. Their appropriation also brought to light the discongruity between narratives maintained by different communities.

How can we narrate a violent past to our ‘former-enemies’ whose perceptions and interpretations of the past are formed through different narratives of the same events?

Clearly, young people today are not ‘former-enemies’ in the sense that they did not participate in the war, but they still share a difficult legacy, which is both a sensitive subject and carries the potential to bring peace.

Is there a way to deal with painful experiences of the past, by using memories in the healing process?

Panelists:

Srbijanka Turajlić
Shkelzen Maliqi
Erëmirë Krasniqi

Moderator: Lura Limani

REFLECTING ON THE ROLE OF YOUTH IN FOSTERING MOBILITY AND COOPERATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE – WHAT WE CAN DO MORE? 

 08 August – 17:00 HRS

The panel discussion will be focused on youth cooperation and mobility in Kosovo and in the region of Western Balkans. The panelists will share their perspectives on how they have been engaged in supporting youth exchanges and what can be done more, in order to foster the cooperation of young people.

Panelists:

Kujtim Gashi – Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports
Jehona Gjurgjeala – Executive Director of NGO TOKA
Arianit Jashari – ICHAT
Fatos Mustafa – Deputy Secretary General of RYCO

Moderator: Krenare Gashi, RYCO

ACCESS TO JUSTICE AS A WAY TO FIGHT STIGMA FOR THE SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE DURING THE CONFLICT IN KOSOVO

09 August – 16:00 HRS

Although 20 years have passed since the conflict in Kosovo, the issue of survivors of sexual violence has not yet been addressed sufficiently and the major problems remain stigma and their access to justice. The first institutional measure as recognition by the state of Kosovo is the financial compensation for this category, but is it worth it?

What should the state and society in Kosovo do about de-stigmatization, their access to justice and their full integration?

Panelists:

Atifete Jahjaga – President of Kosovo (2011-2016) and Head of the Jahjaga Foundation
Igballe Rogova-   Director of Kosova Women’s Network
Flora Macula, –  Head of UN Women Office in Kosovo

Moderator:  Gresa Kraja, DokuFest

NOT YOUR PROPERTY: UNDERSTANDING THE NEXUS BETWEEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND WOMEN’S PROPERTY RIGHTS IN KOSOVO

09 August – 18:00 HRS 

Screening of documentary Not Your Property by Amanda Fisher, featuring stories of survivors from across Kosovo’s different communities, followed by UN-led panel discussion on how the exceptionally low number of property ownership by women due to customary norms leaves women vulnerable to domestic violence.

Panelists:

Amanda Fisher, Filmmaker, UNMIK
Flora Macula, Head of UN Women Office in Kosovo
Luljeta Aliu, Executive Director of INJECT Initiative 

CREATIVE KOSOVA INDUSTRY EVENTS @ DOKUFEST

Creative Kosova is an initiative of DokuFest to develop European and Regional Cultural Partnership Network and capacity building of cultural and creative Sector in Kosovo in preparation for accession to Creative Europe programme applications.

The initiative through these Industry Events aims to capacitate organizations and individuals from the cultural and creative sector to respond qualitatively in addressing the priorities and the actions outlined in the annual work Programme of Creative Europe.

This year we are organizing three Industry Events, to talk about partnerships and collaborations, the future of the Media sub-program and opportunities and challenges in the Western Balkan region for co-productions with Europe.

Britta Erich from Hamburg Media Desk will be introducing the concept of “Desk on the Road” to provide hands-on information about the EU’s funding scheme for the audiovisual industry in Europe and beyond. Find out everything you always wanted to know and never dared to ask!

The mobile desk will be running on Thursday and Friday after the “Creative Kosovo” industry events.

See the full list of Events that will take place in Hamam:

CULTURE IN THE SPOTLIGHT – REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS FOR CREATIVE EUROPE

08 August – 15:00 HRS

In June 2018 Kosovo joined the Culture sub-programme and the cross-sectoral strand of Creative Europe. A mixed panel of Creative Europe Desk representatives and cultural operators will discuss the role of Creative Europe desks and how can they facilitate participation in the Creative Europe programme. Panel will also reflect on how and why we collaborate across borders and how collaboration in Western Balkans can strengthen partnerships across artforms to build audiences, develop skills, innovate and adapt.

Radomir Lazović – Cultural Activist from Serbia, Arlinda Kondi – Head of CE Culture Desk Albania, Rina Gurgule – Head of CE Culture Desk Kosovo and Ares Shporta – Cultural Activist from Kosovo will discuss on the matter.

THE FUTURE OF MEDIA PROGRAM
09 August – 14:00 HRS 

Creative Europe MEDIA Sub-Programme has been a vital component of the European audiovisual landscape. Festivals across Europe, supported by Media program have been the main promoters of European audiovisual works. The proposal for establishment of 2021- 2027 Creative Europe programme suggests offering opportunities for operators to develop technologically and artistically innovative European trans-border initiatives to exchange, co-create, coproduce and distribute European works with wider use of digital technology.

Will this shift affect the funding of the European Festivals that have used traditional marketing and promotion approach? What is the distribution landscape through Festival Markets in EU countries in comparison to the region? Will cross-border partnerships and networks encourage the scaling up of Europe’s cultural and creative sectors? And finally, what can Kosovo’s audiovisual and creative sector learn from this transition in policies?

Britta Erich from Creative Europe Desk Hamburg, Sven Shwarz from Hamburg International Short Film Festival and Cem Öztüfekçi from BelDocs will try to provide the answers.

REGIONAL CO-PRODUCTIONS: AN OPPORTUNITY OR A CHALLENGE

10 August – 16:00 HRS

The Creative Europe Media Program and Euroimages in particular, have consistently provided financial support to encourage European co-productions. What are the opportunities and challenges in the Western Balkan region for co-productions with Europe?

Following the recent success of Kosovo’s cinematography through co-productions this panel, composed of experienced European and regional producers will explore how the industry can foster international relationships and open up new markets to build on existing co-production partnerships.

Oliver Sertic from Croatia, Jasmin Basic from Austria, Jelena Angelovski from Serbia and Bujar Kabashi from Kosovo will be discussing opportunity and challenges.