Dialogue Through Film Academy
From 2013-2014, a group of aspiring Armenian and Azerbaijani video journalists came together to complete a one-year film-production study programme run by Conciliation Resources’ local partners in Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The Dialogue Through Film Academy offered participants the chance to learn the basic skills needed to make a film – from researching and pitching an idea, to planning a shoot, script-writing and film-editing. This initiative enabled young people divided by propaganda to gain the skills to narrate their everyday realities.
Meet Medina, Ilga and Arevik. These young women spent their childhoods in basement shelters during a period of the Nagorny Karabakh conflict. Listen to their reflections on how this experience has shaped their lives.
The two groups attended a series of monthly seminars as well as masterclasses with well-known film-makers from Moscow, Yerevan and Baku. They also met up twice in Tbilisi during the course of the project. These encounters – with participants working closely for the first time with peers from the other side of a frontline – played an important role in breaking down stereotypes, and changing the individuals involved.
At the end of the year the participants were challenged to come up with an idea for a short film of their own which they would produce, film and edit. The results reflect the breadth of the film genres that the teams studied. They range from public-service style short films, to more reflective documentaries.
Another of the five films produced: a disabled Azeri war veteran has a nightmare.
These films have been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents are the sole responsibility of the European Partnership for the Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (EPNK) and its members; they should under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the EU.
The European Partnership for the Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh
This project is funded by the European Union