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