25 February 2009
"The Albanian Renaissance" Film screening at the European Commission Liaison Office in Pristina

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Albania from the air. © 2008 pre tv. All rights reserved.

"The Albanian Renaissance"
(52 minutes, in English)

 

"a compelling documentary series about the Balkans and Turkey”
Olli Rehn, European Commissioner for Enlargement

"These are documentaries all of us citizens of the European Union should have the opportunity to see"
Giuliano Amato, former Italian Prime Minister

Return to Europe Series
Winner of the 2008 Erasmus EuroMedia Award

 

on Wednesday, 25 February 2009, at 17.30 

further films from the series will be screened weekly – on Wednesdays at 17:30
4 March: "Greece – Alexander's shadow"
11 March: "Macedonian Wedding"

 

Communist Albania of Hoxha was a fortress state, seeing enemies everywhere. Two decades later Albania has undergone a dramatic transformation. And yet, few countries in Europe are less understood than this Adriatic republic. Gratuitous violence, organised crime, human trafficking, blood feuds and grinding poverty are the images that first come to mind when the country is mentioned. At the centre of this film are ordinary people who have found their own solutions. The film also tells the story of MJAFT ("Enough"), a youth movement set up in 2002 that quickly became one of the country's most trusted institutions.

"The Albanian Renaissance" is a film of the TV project "Return to Europe", a series of 10 one-hour TV documentaries featuring countries and cities in the Balkans. The aim of the series is to acquaint viewers across Europe with the latest developments in South East Europe and the struggle of the people of the region for a better future in a united Europe.

The series is supported by ERSTE Stiftung and has been jointly produced by the German-language satellite channel 3sat, Austria's public broadcaster ORF and the TV production company pre-TV, in cooperation with the European Stability Initinative (ESI), upon whose research and analysis these films are based. Films from the series have recently been shown at international events in Brussels, Istanbul, Skopje, Berlin, and other cities across Europe and have received very positive feedback. It will be broadcast by a number of TV stations throughout the Balkans in coming months.

Please confirm your participation by e-mail to Fjolla Ceku.

Date:

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Time:

17.30

Venue:

European Commission Liaison Office to Kosovo (ECLO),
1 Kosovo Street,
10000 Pristina

   

 

Welcome by Verena Knaus, Senior Analyst, European Stability Initiative (ESI)

About us
Photo credits
Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com