Meeting with Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs: Movie on young women from Albania and Serbia as an example of good practice

Minja Mardjonovic, the author of the documentary KISMET and contributor of Humans of Albania and Serbia, participated today in a meeting with the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation Angelino Alfano during his visit to the OSCE Mission to Serbia.

(c) Faris Mahmutovic

(c) Faris Mahmutovic

On this occasion, Minja had an opportunity to share her experience on the making of a story about young women from Albania and Serbia and its message that youth co-operation and gender equality are preconditions for long-lasting peace and progress. She reminded that while we still live in predominantly patriarchal systems in both societies, young women from Serbia and Albania share similar challenges, but also same enthusiasm for co-operation and for the active encouragement of dialogue in the region.

“Empowering youth, promoting people-to-people contacts and developing constructive narratives in the media play a decisive role for the future of the region”, underlined Alfano, who is also in the country to discuss regional issues.

The documentary KISMET has thus far enjoyed nine public screenings with follow-up discussions (seven in Serbia; two in Albania) for more than 600 people. It has been aired on two local television stations in Albania and articles about it have been published in the press in both countries. The film was also screened in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro and so far gathered more than 2.000 online views.

Should you wish to organize a screening of the movie in your community, school or organisation and a debate around youth participation, gender equality and regional co-operation, don’t hesitate to get in touch: info@youthumans.net

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