OSCE Freedom of Media Office to premiere film on young people
scarred by war
VIENNA, 5 March 2003 - Violence in the Balkans affected the lives of
millions over the past 12 years, most of all perhaps those who were
too young at the time to understand the terrible events around them.
A new film facilitated by the OSCE, to be premiered next Wednesday
in Vienna, allows some of these young people to tell their
individual stories in their own way.
The film, Out of frame: youth after the war, was made by Igor
Bararon, a Sarajevo-born dramatist, who runs video workshops for the
mobile.culture.container. This is an innovative project undertaken
by the OSCE's Representative on Freedom of the Media, Freimut Duve,
which was designed to bring together young people directly affected
by the conflict in order to discuss how they can jointly build a
stable future in the region.
Travelling to different towns in the region that was once
Yugoslavia, it provides young people with the resources to work
together on arts and media projects - dance, radio, film, internet
and press - regardless of ethnic or political distinctions.
In the case of Out of frame, the young people involved in the film
all live in towns where the mobile.culture.container stopped on its
tour of the region in 2002. But they were not simply the subjects of
the film. They had themselves been participating in film- or video-
making and decided to step in front of the camera, to talk of life
after war and violence.
"Once they decided to write a script, to talk or to hold the camera,
the process itself often led off in a totally unexpected direction,
and provided an insight about their own selves", said Igor
Bararon. "In each of the stories, the young people started
liberating themselves from a burden that will, nonetheless, carry on
shaping their lives."
Financial support for the film project has come from the charitable
foundation, In Defence of our Future, which is supported by the
following countries: Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein,
Luxembourg, Norway, Britain, the Czech Republic, Austria and Spain.
Media representatives are cordially invited to attend the free
screening of the film, starting at 16:00 on Wednesday, 12 March in
the FilmCasino, Margaretenstrasse 78, 1050 Vienna. The cinema can be
reached by the U4 (Pilgramgasse) or the buses 13A, 59A
(Ziegelofengasse). The film (with German and English sub-titles)
will last for 60 minutes, followed by time for discussion and/or
interviews with some of the principals.