It is insufficient for young people to watch inspirational, critical and radical documentaries about the society they live in – whether microcosm of their society or the global one – without giving them the opportunity to express their views, insights and perspectives through the same medium.
Through “School and Documentary”, DokuFest aims to teach young people the process of making documentaries about their surroundings – by giving them the tools, the know-how and professional assistance necessary to make their own activist films.
The target group are high school students, who go through the process guided by professionals in the field – from the brainstorming and pre-production to the final phases. Their curiosity for the world is around them is key, bringing a transformative aspect to the workshops.
In March of this year, young people from Prishtina, Gjakova, Tirana, Gjilan and Prizren were guided by tutors Emilio Guerra and Blerta Zeqiri in the pre-production process.
On Thursday, the post-production workshop began in Prizren. The participants assembled with the materials that they had shot, a discussed the ways in which this material could be cut, processed and set up to take the documentary form. The team from March joined them, including Gazmend Bajri.
The films will be shown in a special program “Future is Here”, at the next edition of DokuFest.
In 2008 – 2009, DokuFest organized screenings of human rights related documentary films to high school students in Prizren. This project included 3,000 students that attended the screenings, further expressing their interest to debate on the topics that came out from the documentaries. This expanded to t a similar project that included students from high schools in Dragash, Mamusha and Suhareka in addition to those in Prizren.
Simultaneously, DokuFest published an educational supplement that could be used in high schools – a manual on documentary films and their usage as an educational tool when discussing social issues, human rights and developmental problems.
These schools will receive the necessary equipment for film screenings and documentary films on human rights topics. Film clubs will organize screenings twice a month, which will be followed by debates on the issues that arose from the films. Screenings and debates aim at increasing awareness amongst students in topics of human rights and promotion of democratic values.
“School and Documentary” reinforces DokuFest’s aim to contribute as an educational factor in the community, as well as actively raising awareness amongst students in topics of human rights and democratic values.
The project is generously supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.