It was organized lectures in Belgrade on the Status of Roma in Serbia and the Classics of World Music on Roma Issues, which were held by sisters Biljana Tasic and Natasa Tasic Knezevic, Roma. A successful philologist and journalist, Biljana presented the social position of Roma population in Serbia today, and outlined the current problems that Roma face in relation to education, housing, social security and protection, status of women, information, culture, availability of personal documents and discrimination. Devastating statistics indicate that 60% of half a million of Roma, which is the estimated number of them in Serbia, live below the poverty line but Biljana also proposed some measures that could be taken to improve their position.
The Classics of World Music on Roma Issues
The first opera singer in the National Theatre of Roma nationality, Natasa Tasic Knezevic spoke on this occasion of the composers who, throughout history, used Roma heritage as an inexhaustible theme for creating their works. The emotional and passionate nature of the Roma, their fierce temperament and eternal desire for movement, have always inspired the great names of world classical music scene, such are Verdi, Dvorak, Bizet, Schumann and many others. At the end of the lecture, to the delight of all present, Natasa sang parts of several famous arias.
There is no child, mom, dad, grandma or grandpa who is not familiar with the recent Happy initiative which united the world and once again showed that happiness can be found in little things. On the International Day of Happiness the media were full of videos for Pharrell Williams’s dance hit in the streets of London, Berlin, Sydney, but also Split and Dubrovnik and other cities. There was a strange blend of tradition and modern lifestyle, the young and the old rejoiced together, and all the videos have reflected a passionate love for dance, laughter and life.
Τhe issue of audiovisual education is not something granted, not something stable. It’s constantly moving and changing, both in form and content. Like our society. Those dealing with the audiovisual education would have noticed these changes. That’s why a new approach is constantly needed. That’s why meetings, like here in Placencia, have great value. The parameters that define these changes are two: - Developments in technology - Economic crisis
The remarks that I have to make about these two parameters, that directly affect our work, are coming through our own experience. And this experience is based on organizing Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People for 17 years and Camera Zizanio for 14 years now.
The first parameter
Cheap digital media, for recording and editing, gives to everyone the opportunity to create an audiovisual work. And while in the past, the idea was to give children the opportunity to have a sensory contact with the media, camera, computers and other technical equipment, today we moved to the level where everything is available to everyone. Anyone can own a camera and a computer for editing. Even cheap phones can do that! And so, the possibility of creating passed from the hands of the few in the hands of many. At this level we can say that there is democratization.
Moreover, it becomes clearer that audiovisual education is a necessary element of a modern education. The convenience of media and film making, with little or no cost, brought large quantity. We’ve noticed in Greece, that from 6-7 films that we received in the first year of Camera Zizanio, in 2013 we’ve reached 190! The actual number of films created through schools, but weren’t accepted due to the festivals regulations, was at least twice! That means that we have an explosion of creativity.
This also happens to the rest of the world. And you can see that from the large increase of Festivals that screen films not only from Europe, but from all over the world. Quantity doesn’t, necessarily, means quality. Really often, the creations of young people are influenced by the aesthetic of TV or from the impressive techniques used in Hollywood productions.Quality is something that we have to seek now, with consciousness and persistence. Against the convenience that means provide. We have to focus on aesthetic.
Quality in video creations can come through the principle of moving image: Cinema.
The Art is cinema and that can provide us the means to create qualitative audiovisual works. Is therefore needed a systematic study of the art of cinema, that will guide the youthful creations. In this procedure, the cooperation with film professionals is necessary. Through this cooperation, teachers taking part at initiatives for the production of student videos will also be educated. This is a beneficial procedure and for the artists, as from this, demanding audiences of tomorrow will be created.
And while in the level of youngsters’ audiovisual creations, we’re in a satisfactory level of development, and despite the fact that it’s not part of the formal education procedure, we can see the development of policies that put major obstacles.
Economic crisis becomes more and more painful for people in many countries. Governments implement policies of cuts that have direct impact on education and arts. On the other hand, parents themselves can no longer cover the needs of their children.
Audiovisual education is now considered as a luxury. In Greece, public education is falling apart. Teachers are being fired and the number of schools is constantly reducing. Public Television that was the only institution that promoted -even with limited sources-youthful audiovisual creations is closed since last June… by coup. The new smaller TV , trying to be created for some months now, will not support such actions. Cuts from the Ministry of Culture have undermined Festival activities. That created problems in the circulation of youthful audiovisual creations and in international co operations.
In a European level, meaning European Union, nothing substantial is taking place. Apart from studies and suggestions from the side the experts, nothing else is done. Only a few actions. In fact, there is no strategy. And even if strategy existed, it couldn’t implement as European Union is EU itself is in crisis.
All this lead us to an opposite direction from what a modern education requires in a modern society. This is a return to the past. A cancellation of the project that we’ve already created. The question now is what we can do. Apart from realizing and reporting that, is necessary to move on to something practical. We must act. To rally support against this course backwards. To stand up against this path backwards.
To face -all together- these problems, in an international level, is now necessary as ever. In a level of exchanging experiences, but also participation of youngsters and professionals in common activities. Actions of mutual help and support. By applying collaborative methods.
“We must work together to ensure that cultural diversity is included in the development agenda for post-2015.” This is the message that Jean-Christophe Bas, responsible for strategic development and partnerships for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, is delivering to us in a testimony published in the Intercultural Dialogue section of “Culture(s) with Vivendi” (http://www.cultureswithvivendi.com/en/). In his interview, Jean-Christophe Bas provides concrete examples of the Alliance’s actions promoting intercultural dialogue, such as the Fellowship Programme, an exchange programme for young leaders for which Vivendi is a partner.
Dear Friends, the Headquarter of the IYMS, Serbian Creative Team of the Media Education Centre and our young delegate Sofija Pasalic like to start artistic motivation of all delegates of the 9th Summit. On the next three months we will post every two weeks one of seven special comics created by Sofija and inspired by seven Summit’s issues. Today, we will start with Discrimination:
What is your role? Take a look on the comics and write us short essay about how you see Sofia’s comics. We will post your stories on the Summits web pages, Facebook and online generally. We hope that your text will wake up attention of the people and their interest on the Summit. See you in Los Angeles 14th of July 2014.
TRAGOVI U JERUSALIMU
FILM POSVEĆEN DAVIDU PERLOVU
DOM OMLADINE BEOGRADA
Četvrtak, 12. decembar 2013.
Velika sala Doma omladine
Početak u 15:00 časova
Ulaz je besplatan
Medijski edukativni centar, Dom omladine Beograda i Ambasada Izraela u Beogradu su se uključili u svetsko obeležavanje pedesetogodišnjice filma Davida Perlova „U Jerusalimu“. „Otisci stopala u Jerusalimu“ je film posvećen Davidu Perlovu, preteči izraelskog modernog dokumentarnog filma i njegovom filmu „U Jerusalimu“ tačno pedeset godina nakon premijere.
Film „U Jerusalimu“ David Perlov je snimio nekoliko godina pre rata 1967. Ovaj film (koji je dobio bronzanu medalju na Festivalu u Veneciji 1963.) je snimljen u vreme kada je Jerusalim bio podeljen između Jordana i Izraela „ničijom zemljom“ pokrivenom snajperskom vatrom… „U Jerusalimu“ je film koji je ponudio promenu cionističko-patriotskog, propagandnog i zastarelog način snimanja u kinematografiju koja je lična i umetnička. Ovaj film je inspirisao veliki broj izraelskih dokumentarista i doprineo uspehu i prepoznatljivosti izraelskog dokumentarnog filma širom Sveta.
„Tragovi u Jerusalimu“ sadrži originalan film Davida Perlova i filmove posvećene njemu koje su snimili najbolji diplomci i studenti filmske i TV škole u Jerusalimu i divan je primer filmskog rada koji na veliko platno prenosiljubav prema Perlovu, kinematografiji i Jerusalimu.
U četvrtak, 12.12.2013, deceniju nakon Perlove smrti, ovaj film će biti prikazan kao međunarodni događaj na 50 izabranih lokacija širom planete: u Jerusalimu, Njujorku, Sao Paolu, Kelnu, Minhenu, Budimpešti, Kopenhagenu, Moskvi, Titani, Katmanduu, Tel Avivu, Montrealu, Lozani, Seulu, Sofiji, Barceloni, Madridu, Meksiko Sitiju, Buenos Airesu, Skoplju, Ljubljani, Lagosu, Rigi, Delhiju, Kalkuti, Briselu, Kejp Taunu, Zagrebu, Pragu, Berlinu, Krakovu, Varšavi, Bratislavi, Belfastu, Petrogradu, Londonu, Tbilisiju, Limi… i BEOGRADU
Koautor: Renen Šor
Reditelji: David Perlov, Dan Geva, David Ofek, Nadav Lapid, Bendžamin Frajdenberg, Moran Ifergan, Jarden Karmin, Amichaj Čason i Elad Švarc, Boaz Frankel i Jair Agmon, Nazef Hamud i Jotam Kislev.
Produkcija: Sem Špigel film i TV škola, Jerusalim