Anti-Discrimination Portal Publishes First Digital Stories

Anti-Discrimination Portal Publishes First Digital Stories Author: Dejan Georgievski The first digital stories about experiences of persons the differ from the majority, about their wishes, needs, experiences with discrimination, were published on the diskriminacija.ba portal last week. The two stories, which are just the beginning of a long series of stories, were produced in the workshops that the Foundation OneWorld Platform for Southeast Europe conducts under the auspices of the Anti-Discrimination Programme implemented since 2010 by the Foundation Open Society BiH.   The story about the ballerina would be similar to any other story if it wasn’t the story of a little Roma girl that grew up in the SOS Children Village in Sarajevo. Draga fought for her place on the stage, in an environment which sees it as “normal” for “Gypsy children” to walk around dirty, barefoot, ill behaving and hungry, where they don’t go to school and spend their time in the street. Draga’s story is one of many similar stories that remained unvisible in the flood of stereotypes, prejudice and rejection that our society reserves for the Roma. The second digital story shows the daily life of parents and a child that lives in an autistic spectrum. Shopping, walk in the park, going to the kindergarten, to school are the daily activities that are much harder to complete, not because of autism, but because of the society that refuses to make an effort and understand and accept those who are different. All stories produced under the auspices of this workshop were written by the participants, their voices are authentic, they chose the photographs and other visual illustrations and the background music. As...

Balkan Florence Express Festival Concluded in Florence

Balkan Florence Express Festival Concluded in Florence Author: Dejan Georgievski The film programme of the Balkan Florence Express, a festival review of new cinema from the countries of the Western Balkans, concluded last Thursday, November 29, 2012, with a screening of “Snow” (Snijeg), the feature film by BiH director Aida Begić. In the four days of the Festival, held at the Florence’s excellent „Odeon“ Cinema, the visitors had an opportunity to see 20 feature and documentary films from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo. All films were followed by discussions with the audience. The programme also included morning Matine Screenings for the students of elementary and secondary schools, photographic exhibitions, debates and, on Thursday, November 29, the Balkan-Italy Cinema Express conference and round-table discussion on possible approaches to better promotion of Balkan cinema in Italy and promotion of Italian cinema in the Balkans. Also on November 29, the awards for the photographic competition “The Balkan in Italy between identity, separation and integration. Tales from Italy that changes”, organized in collaboration with Fondazione Studio Marangoni, were presented.   The Balkan Florence Express festival officially ended on Friday, November 30, with a special event – the screening of Peter Marcias’s film „My Destiny“ (Dimmi Che Destino Avrò, Italy, 2012), and an evening concert by „Kal“, Romani band from Serbia, with opening gig by Florence-based „Prodotti Tipici Musicali“. During the four days of the BFE Festival, held under the auspices of the 50 Days of Inernational Film festival in Florence, OneWorldSEE, in cooperation with Oxfam Italy, organized a Media Pool, under the Internet Without Border programme, with students of Florence University (most of them from...

1st Innovation Lab in BiH Concludes with Presentation of Awards to Best Projects

1st Innovation Lab in BiH Concludes with Presentation of Awards to Best Projects Author: Dejan Georgievski The presentation of awards to the best projects, held at the Art Cinema Kriterion last Saturday, June 30, 2012, marked the conclusion of the 1st BiH Innovation Lab 2012, organized by the Internews Office in BiH and the Foundation OneWorld Platform for Southeast Europe. The jury of the Innovation Lab decided that the first prize (3,000 BAM to support the development of the project) should go to the project for improved accessibility and usability of internet for daltonists and other people with impaired vision and colour recognition, developed by Aleksandar Savić, student at the Middle Electrical Engineering School in Sarajevo. The project develops software add-ons for Mozilla Firefox that will automatically adapt the colour scheme of internet websites for persons with Daltonism and other conditions that manifest in inability to recognize different colours. The second prize of 2,000 BAM went to the project for development of citizen journalism of the e.trafika.net portal from Banja Luka. The portal, founded and managed by young journalists and journalism students to allow them to grow their professional experience and develop their journalistic skills, will allow the citizens that want to work as journalists or believe they are good writers and reporters, to report about events and developments in their own local communities. The third prize (1,000 BAM) was awarded to the project for networking for environmental protection, developed on the idea of Vesna Jovanović-Hadžić, M.Sc. in Workplace Protection and Environmental Protection from Tuzla. Under the auspices of the Innovation Lab, she started the development of an internet portal that will allow citizens and young people to report pollution and organise...