17 February 2010
Screening of the Return to Europe films at the Catholic University of Leuven
Return to Europe trailer. © 2007 pre tv. All rights reserved.

The ten-part documentary series Return to Europe is one of the most ambitious TV projects on South Eastern Europe produced in recent years. The whole series will be shown at the international meeting centre Pangaea at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) starting from 17 February.

The aim of the series is to acquaint viewers with the region and its peoples, their recent past and their struggle for a better future in Europe. The series has been jointly produced by the Austrian TV production company pre-TV, Austria's public broadcaster ORF and the German-language satellite channel 3sat, in cooperation with ESI, which provided its expertise. The film project has been initiated by ERSTE Foundation, which has also provided funding.

On 17 February, ESI Senior Analyst Alexandra Stiglmayer will give an introduction to the Kosovo film and provide background to the film project. Its goal is to challenge conventional wisdom about the Balkans and to stimulate discussions.

In the next few weeks, Pangaea will be showing all ten films. Please find the screening dates below.

  • 17 February: Kosovo / Montenegro
  • 24 February: Greece / Turkey
  • 3 March: Bosnia and Herzegovina / Serbia
  • 10 March: Albania / Macedonia
  • 17 March: Bulgaria / Romania
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.

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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