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28 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 17513)  

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Title Youth video project for RAE in Kosovo, Mitrovica 
Description Through the Youth Video Project Mitrovica young people who have spent a significant part of their lives in an IDP camp will produce a 15-20 minute documentary. The themes addressed in the documentary will be determined by the young people involved, but will be about their lives in their community.

The project will encourage young people to be active, whilst giving them an opportunity to express themselves. Young people in the camps don’t have access to university or school and they face many social problems. This project will teach them to work together as a team; the participants will gain film-making and basic journalistic skills. Through the training and working experience that participants re-ceive, they will be able to develop new documentary film projects of their own in the future.
The project will last 5 months, including post-production and the promotion of the documentary. 
Status Completed 
Date 01/08/2007 - 30/11/2007 
Location Mitrovica, Kosovo*
Countries CoE Members: Serbia
Others: Kosovo*
  Joint Programme Activity - SEE-Roma
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP SEE-Roma - Advancing equality, tolerance and peace: Equal rights and treatment for Roma - EIDHR    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2005/DG3/JP/1629   SEE-Roma - Developing monitoring and communication tools of national programmes for Roma in South East Europe
Expected Result 1.2 - Strategies/action plans are transparent and visible through improved communication channels and the awareness-raising campaign has contributed to improve the image of Roma
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Social Cohesion
Line of Action ⇒ IV.1 – Ensuring social cohesion
Programme ☆ IV.1.6  Roma and Travellers
Project 2004/DG3/56 Develop and Follow-Up the Implementation of National Policies for Roma and Travellers
Expected Result 6 Strategies/action plans for Roma are transparent and visible through improved communication channels and the awareness-raising campaign has contributed to improve the image of Roma

Working Method

Training Course 
Directorate (Service) Social Cohesion (Roma and Travellers Division)
CoE Contact D'ALESSANDRO, Ivana   email
Partners European Commission - International Governmental Organisation
Web Pages
Documents & links
1 http://www.coe.int/t/dg3/romatravellers
2 www.dosta.org  
Last Modified 10/12/2007 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 17513) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The Youth Video Project Plemetina has a double objective:
1. To educate the Roma youth in Plemetina on filming skills (both in technical and theoretical terms), in order to empower them to express relevant messages to society by artistic methods, and to make a change in their own community while promoting the Dosta! campaign's messages.
2. To take Plemetina and its Roma population closer to the rest of the Kosovar society and international organizations working in Kosovo, by showing the documentary film around Kosovo and, afterwards, also abroad. The result of the project becomes an awareness tool for society, normalizing the perspectives about the Roma population in particular from Plemetina, and in general from all over the world.

Some changes intervened in the initial project:

A. Location: Plemetina. Originally, this project was thought to take place in Mitrovica. At that moment the project coordinator tried to identify the target groups who could take part in the project. However the present situation in Mitrovica is more delicate than in any other city of Kosovo, referring to social and political divisions and the consequences of this extreme duality. For those reasons, the coordinator's trials did not success as expected. Since Plemetina is actually the project coordinator’s home town, the real capacities were much higher, as well as the easier support of the organization Balkan Sunflowers, which already counts with local activists and an education centre in Plemetina. The needs of the Roma youth are still the same in all settlements in Kosovo; therefore this project can be readapted to any of them, and change location without changing objectives or methodologies.
B. Dates: beginning of the project/end of the project. Youth Video Project Plemetina was planned to begin the first of august, but the real date for the first meeting and workshop with the team was postponed twenty days. The project coordinator was obliged to delay the dates for ensuring a good arrangement of the whole project. At the beginning of august he was actually returning to Kosovo from a European Volunteering Service opportunity he had the advantage to gain in Bosnia. Any possible mistake was trying to be avoided from the beginning, and that is why Sami Mustafa decided to postpone the project for a few days. The delay of the beginning date meant the delay of the finishing date as well. Nevertheless, it did not suppose any additional costs or any inconvenience for participants or team members. 
Output/Results The film was first shown in Pristina on November the 12th. The Premiere counted on the presence and the intervention of the Head of Office at the Council of Europe Secretariat Office in Kosovo, Mr. Zurab Katchkatchishvili, and also the Head of Office at Balkan Sunflowers, Rand Engel. The audience fulfilled the theatre (about 250 people estimated) and demonstrated a very rewarding satisfaction after the screening. The Chief of the OSCE Property Section, Jose Maria Arraiza, requested the documentary film to participate in a Conference organized by OSCE in the oncoming two weeks. UN team workers in Leposavic Municipality expressed their interest in showing the film at their municipality as an example to share at their work place. The RTK (public Television in Kosovo) Roma program has been following the progress of these reactions and taking a few interviews from the project coordinator. The Prizren’s activists are also requesting a screening and a similar project with the Roma community in Prizren, the most extensive one in Kosovo. The film will keep being shown in Kosovo and sent to international festivals where it fits, especially when related to social awareness on Human Rights issues and the Roma communities’ participation in society or youth filming projects. 
Conclusions/Follow Up 1: Only two of the participants were women. This peculiarity reflects the real conditions of the young Roma girls, more focused into their families (whether they are already married or not) than into social activities. This gender issue is one of the points which are needed to improve in the next Youth Video Projects.
2: the changes in the location did not affected the expected results, which can be considered as a proof that the project can be adapted to other contexts, and spread as an example of good practices.
3: the project contributed to the visibility of the partners institutions, and opened the ground for cooperation with other international organisations which requested the documentary movie produced within the campaign for their activities.
4: Right after the Premiere in Pristina, the team has been translating the first version of the movie, in Roma with English subtitles, to the Serbian subtitles. Other translations might come over in the future, like Albanian and Spanish (due to the origin of the international trainer of the project). 
Participants All the participants were young students from Plemetina belonging to the Roma community, aged from 17 to 21 years old (besides the 11 and 16 years old volunteers added to the group). The project coordinator, the trainer Faton Mustafa and the translator Driton Berisa are also part of the active Roma youth in Plemetina. Nenad Andric, assisting in translations, belongs to the Serbian community in Plemetina, and he integrated perfectly in the team with the rest of the youth. Alicia Giménez was the international trainer of the project, which allowed the group to have an external vision of their work, from the trainings to the last phase. The filming crew was designed for a group of ten members, but another three were admitted in volunteering terms due to their strong interest. Two of the participants had to leave the project once it had started for personal reasons (Hajdin Syla went to study to Pristina, and Nikson Haljilji had the opportunity to move to Belgrade for a special school targeted to deaf youngsters). Therefore two of the mentioned volunteering participants were then in the position to occupy their place. 
Consultants/Experts Sami Mustafa, Youth Video Project Coordinator; Alicia Gimenez, International expert, Faton Mustafa, local trainer 
CoE Secretariat The Head of Office at the Council of Europe Secretariat Office in Kosovo, Mr. Zurab Katchkatchishvili, assisted to the première of the documentary movie. 
Total No. Participants 15 
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  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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