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UNICEF – supported panel at 1st Sarajevo Talent Campus: “HIV/AIDS: Movie Provocation and Responsibility of Young Authors”

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Panelists: Boro Kontić, Dalibor Matanić, John Budd, Nenad Puhovski (moderator), Magdalena Petrović, James Longley,

The UNICEF-supported Panel discussion “Film and Change” was organized during the 1st Sarajevo Talent Campus of the Sarajevo Film Festival. The panel brought together experts and activists including John Budd, UNICEF's Regional Communication Advisor for Central and Eastern Europe, Movie Directors: Dalibor Matanić and James Longley, and Movie Producers: Boro Kontić and Magdalena Petrović, who shared their thoughts on the power of film as a tool for raising the awareness of the public on controversial and socially significant issues.

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Can young filmmakers change the prejudices and diminish stigma and discrimination of general population towards people living with HIV and AIDS, simply by making good movies with this theme?

The panelists debated questions such as, “Can young filmmakers change prejudice and diminish stigma and discrimination of the general population towards people living with HIV and AIDS simply by making good movies on this theme? Can young authors help to prevent HIV and AIDS by promoting healthier lifestyles in their work? Is it the social duty and responsibility of a gifted filmmaker to inform and to educate the public on burning social issues, such as HIV and AIDS?” The moderator of the panel was Mr. Nenad Puhovski, University professor at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, Zagreb.

“UNICEF and the SFF are advocating for film to be used as a tool for awareness-raising and promoting healthy life styles.  This Panel explores whether or not film can be an effective medium for diminishing stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV, in particular, and discusses how to engage young film makers to work on films with a sense of social responsibility. We believe that young authors and filmmakers have both tremendous creative talent and influence on the public and can help to spread important messages concerning children, young people and their families”, said Ms. June Kunugi, UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Sarajevo Talent Campus is a new educational programme of the Sarajevo Film Festival launched in co-operation with the Berlin International Film Festival and the Berlinale Talent Campus.  It took place from August 20 to 25, 2007 in the framework of the 13th Sarajevo Film Festival and is hosting 70 young filmmakers and film students selected from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, Turkey and UN-Administered Province of  Kosovo.





Talent Campus Panel "Film & Change"

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