BIRN Screens Youth and War Film in Novi Sad

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After premieres in Skopje, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Zagreb and Pristina, BIRN’s new road-movie documentary The Majority Starts Here was screened in the Serbian city of Novi Sad.

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s new documentary, which follows six young people from six Balkan countries as they travel across the region examining how the conflicts of the past have affected their lives, was screened on Monday in Novi Sad.

BIRN’s regional director Gordana Igric said that the film showed that young people from former Yugoslav countries could still establish friendly relations.

“We were surprised how these young people were not burdened by the war and how they managed to overcome the ethnic differences.  They even played paintball in Kosovo, without any resemblance to the war in the 1990s,” Igric said.

The event was attended by 120 people from including journalists, civil society representatives, students from the media studies department of Novi Sad philosophy faculty and general public.

The film was first shown in Skopje in late September, then in Sarajevo and Belgrade, followed by screenings in Zagreb and Pristina.

A three-episode version of the documentary will also be aired on TV channels across the Balkans.

The documentary is part of BIRN’s Balkan Transitional Justice project, which aims to improve public understanding of transitional justice issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.