11 February 2009
"Istanbul: Truth, fear and hope" – Film screening at the European Commission Liaison Office in Pristina

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Approaching Istanbul. © 2008 pre tv. All rights reserved.

"Istanbul: Truth, fear and hope"
(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, 11 February 2009, at 17.30 


In August 2008, Turkey narrowly averted a political and constitutional crisis that was threatening its transformation. The crisis brought to the fore the many contradictions that run deep in Turkish politics and society. How to reconcile secularism with religion? How to overcome the bitter power struggle between the new and the old elites? And how to deal with a complicated multi-ethnic and multi-religious society?

The film Istanbul: Truth, fear and hope seeks to answer these questions. It is part of the award-winning TV documentary series Return to Europe, which former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato qualified as "documentaries all of us citizens of the European Union should have the opportunity to see".

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. The Istanbul film has recently been shown at international events in Brussels, Istanbul, Tbilisi, Berlin, and other cities across Europe and has 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 Maja Pavlovic.



Wednesday, 11 February 2009




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



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