Balkan premiere of BIRN documentary film in Belgrade

The documentary “Does Anyone Have a Plan?” premiered in the Balkans on Wednesday, January 25 in Dvorana Kulturnog Centra Cinema in Belgrade.

Serbian journalists, civil society representatives and foreign diplomats attended the screening.

The film received significant media coverage. Serbia’s national television station, RTS TV, B92, Pink TV, Deutsche Welle and Serbia’s leading independent TV studios, VIN and Mreza covered the event.

Newspapers including Evropa, Danas, Reporter and Nedeljni Telegraf also wrote pieces on the film.

Following the premiere, BIRN Serbia and Montenegro received many requests for further screenings of the documentary at other conferences and events.

VIN journalist Olivera Stojanovic said “Does Anyone Have a Plan?” gave a new perspective to an issue that has become too familiar. “Although Kosovo is daily topic, this film gives a totally new approach to it and makes you think, above all, how much we really know about us and our neighbours, about tolerance and nationalism,” she said.

After screenings in Sofia, Skopje, Pristina and Sarajevo, the documentary film will be made available for public broadcast on all major TV stations in the region.

Public broadcast of the documentary in Serbia can be expected in the second part of February.

“Does anyone have a plan?” at The Red House in Sofia

A dedicated group of journalists and intellectuals attended the premiere of the documentary film “Does Anyone Have a Plan?” at the Red House in Sofia on Friday night.

The turnout showed the depth of Bulgarian interest in the political dilemma of Kosovo.

Star TV host Georgi Koritarov moderated a question-and-answer session after excerpts from the film were shown. Gordana Igric, development and editorial director of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, Jeta Xarra of BIRN-Kosovo, award winning director Lode Desmet and Albena Shkodrova of BIRN-Bulgaria answered questions from the public.

“I want to thank the creators of this film,” said political analyst Deyan Kyuranov. “This is one of the very few documentaries I have seen that is really not tailored to please the international community. In this particular case [of Kosovo], it is very important that we hear the message of the people”.

The Bulgarian Telegraph Agency, national, international and regional radio-stations, and other press organizations covered the event.

bTV will broadcast a shortened version of “Does Anyone Have a Plan?” in early February. Other media and public-interest organizations are also expected to screen the documentary.

“Does Anyone Have a Plan” Premieres in Skopje, Macedonia

More than 400 guests attended the Skopje premiere of the documentary film “Does Anyone Have a Plan” at the Cinema Millennium on Monday, January 30.

Guests included the Austrian, British, Dutch, Swiss and US ambassadors, diplomats from dozen embassies as well as politicians, officials, editors, journalists, representatives from international organizations, including EUPAT, NATO, OSCE and ICRC.

“The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has managed to achieve something that the media in the region have failed to accomplish – to give a realistic picture of the reasons and the consequences of the disintegration of Yugoslavia which started and is ending with the Kosovo problem,” said Liljana Jakovleska, editor of Macedonian National Radio.

Thammy Evans, political advisor at NATO headquarters, also applauded the documentary. “A very well presented film, a very interesting use of putting side-by-side the questions of everyday people and presenting them to politicians in power,” Evans said. “A timely exposure of the different views out there and how we need to move with a dialogue of all the stakeholders.”

Chanel 5 TV and A1 TV carried extensive reports on the event while Ana Petruseva was a guest in the main A1TV news. All major papers carried reports, including Weekly Forum .

“The film was well received by the audience and send off with an applause. It is interesting that the film manages to maintain its objectivity.” wrote Suncica Unevska in Utrinski Vesnik.

Balkan premiere of BIRN documentary in Belgrade

The documentary, Does Anyone Have a Plan?, premiered in the Balkans on January 25 in Dvorana Kulturnog Centra Cinema in Belgrade.

Serbian journalists, civil society representatives and foreign diplomats attended the screening.

The film received significant media coverage. Serbia’s national television station, RTS TV, B92, Pink TV, Deutsche Welle and Serbia’s leading independent TV studios, VIN and Mreza covered the event.

Newspapers including Evropa, Danas, Reporter and Nedeljni Telegraf also wrote pieces on the film.
Following the premiere, BIRN Serbia and Montenegro received many requests for further screenings of the documentary at other conferences and events.

VIN journalist Olivera Stojanovic said “Does Anyone Have a Plan?” gave a new perspective to an issue that has become too familiar. “Although Kosovo is daily topic, this film gives a totally new approach to it and makes you think, above all, how much we really know about us and our neighbours, about tolerance and nationalism,” she said. After screenings in Sofia, Skopje, Pristina and Sarajevo, the documentary film will be made available for public broadcast on all major TV stations in the region.

Public broadcast of the documentary in Serbia can be expected in the second half of February, beginning with RTS on February 15.

For more information, contact BIRN BiH Director Dragana Nikolic-Solomon.

BIRN Network reaches out to Montenegro

As part of its project to build a truly nation-wide network of journalists,
BIRN SaM is to launch a three-month training course in Montenegro on
February 24.

This training, sponsored by the British Embassy in Belgrade as part of
a
three year minority journalism project, will provide a group of ten
journalists with invaluable opportunities to adopt BIRN’s professional
standards and become permanent members of its Network.

It begins with workshops led by BIRN Editorial and Development Director
Gordana Igric, BIRN Trainer-Editor Marcus Tanner and British Balkan analyst
Tim Judah, and is followed by practical assignments leading to publication
in BIRN’s Balkan Insight.

For more information on this project, contact BIRN BiH Director Dragana
Nikolic-Solomon
.

Belgrade Training Day

Gordana Igric, BIRN Editorial and Development Director, held a workshop for BIRN journalists in Belgrade on January 31.

The participants, journalists from the city’s main media, received individual tuition, including pratical tips on how to develop their article ideas and structure.

Zelimir Bojovic, of Deutche Welle Radio, Vladimir Sudar, Tanjug News Agency, Voja Stevanovic from Economist magasine and Pedja Obradovic from B92 were present at the training.

Further consultations were held with Blic editor Moma Ilic regarding future cooperation and developing ideas for investigations.

For more information, contact BIRN SaM Director Dragana Nikolic-Solomon.

Does Anyone Have a Plan? Premieres in Bucharest, Romania

A dedicated audience of 40 attended the Bucharest premiere of BIRN’s documentary film “Does Anyone Have a Plan?” at the Center for Independent Journalism on February 8.

Guests included the Macedonian Ambassador, diplomats from Hungary, Serbia and the US, as well as other officials, editors and journalists.

“The film was really interesting and showed the complexity of the issues related to the present situation in Kosovo”, said Tihomir Ilievski, the Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia in Romania. He also pointed out that his country is interested in a quick solution to Kosovo’s political status in the context of all the Balkan countries’ integration into the European Union.

“The documentary was very good, as it informed the general public in Romania about Kosovo in a clear way. Usually they are not well informed about the complexity of the situation there. BIRN is doing a good job in raising awareness about sensitive issues in the Balkans”, said Carmen Macavei, project manager at the Romanian Center for Independent Journalism in Bucharest.

For more information, contact BIRN Romania director Marian Chiriac.

Does Anyone Have a Plan? Premieres in Skopje, Macedonia

More than 400 guests attended the Skopje premiere of the documentary film, Does Anyone Have a Plan?, at the Cinema Millennium on January 30.

Guests included the Austrian, British, Dutch, Swiss and US ambassadors, diplomats from dozen embassies as well as politicians, officials, editors, journalists, representatives from international organizations, including EUPAT, NATO, OSCE and ICRC.

“The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has managed to achieve something that the media in the region have failed to accomplish – to give a realistic picture of the reasons and the consequences of the disintegration of Yugoslavia which started and is ending with the Kosovo problem,” said Liljana Jakovleska, editor of Macedonian National Radio.

Thammy Evans, political advisor at NATO headquarters, also applauded the documentary. “A very well presented film, a very interesting use of putting side-by-side the questions of everyday people and presenting them to politicians in power,” Evans said. “A timely exposure of the different views out there and how we need to move with a dialogue of all the stakeholders.”

Chanel 5 TV and A1 TV carried extensive reports on the event while Ana Petruseva was a guest in the main A1TV news. All major papers carried reports, including Weekly Forum . “The film was well received by the audience and send off with an applause. It is interesting that the film manages to maintain its objectivity.” wrote Suncica Unevska in Utrinski Vesnik.

Does Anyone Have a Plan? was since aired on February 7 on Channel 5 TV.

For more information, contact BIRN Macedonia director Ana Petruseva.

‘Does Anyone Have a Plan?’ Premieres in Pristina, Kosovo

More than 200 people attended the Pristina premiere of the BIRN documentary Does Anyone Have a Plan? on February 10 in Kino ABC.

Guests included Kosovo’s Prime Minister Bajram Kosumi, representatives from the US, Swiss, Swedish and Finnish government offices in Kosovo, a range of local politicians and a large contingent from the media and civil society sectors.

The film was introduced by Tim Judah, the well-known British Balkan analyst and regular contributor to BIRN’s Balkan Insight publication, and Jeta Xharra, BIRN Kosovo director and a producer of this documentary.

Ivana Enzler, local representative of the Swiss foreign ministry, which supported this project, invited the audience to ‘open your eyes and ears and enjoy the challenge,’ as they watched the film.

The documentary, which delved into many issues still painful for Kosovar Albanians, was in fact received very well by its Pristina audience, which seemed to enjoy it thoroughly.

Agim Zatriqi, director of the national broadcaster, RTK, found the film very informative.
‘It’s like medicine. All medicines are bitter, but they are healthy,’ he said.

‘It was very interesting to see the comparison with other parts of former Yugoslavia, not just Kosovo,’ said Margaret Sejdiaj from the Swedish office.

Lea Nimani, a marketing consultant for IPKO, a local internet company, also considered the documentary very informative, and a real eye-opener.

UNMIK official Nicholas Guinard praised the documentary, welcoming ‘at last a very frank film, which hides no aspect.’ He believed if would ‘feed the debate in a very constructive manner.’

‘The movie’s timing is just perfect, coming out exactly as the talks intensify,’ said Muhamet Hajrullahu, a KTV journalist, finding it particularly useful in demonstrating ‘how diametrically opposite the opinions of Serbs and Albanians are.’

Alex Anderson, from the International Crisis Group, had seen the film before, and was therefore more interested in observing viewers’ responses to it.

‘The audience was good humored,’ he found.

The film was aired at 22:00 the same evening on RTK, Kosovo’s public service broadcaster.

BIRN Reviewed in Bulgarian Magazines

Bulgaria’s most popular lifestyle magazine, Zhenata dnes, (Woman Today),
features in its February edition the female members of BIRN.

The article,
entitled "7 Women Of Importance," presents BIRN, which happens
to be a
predominantly female team, tells of its successes in the Balkans and praises
BIRN’s latest documentary, Does Anyone Have a Plan?

BIRN’s website was also reviewed in two Bulgarian magazines – HighFlights
and the Inflight magazine of the national carrier Bulgaria Air.

The two
editions prized www.birn.eu.com as "the best site to inform yourself
on
important developments on the Balkans."