It is about you (#AboutU) Young Creatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina on Euro-Atlantic Integration

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Young people from across Bosnia and Herzegovina, including Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Gorazde, Tuzla, Kakanj, Mostar, Živinice, Gradačac, Ljubuški and Laktaši attended the first production workshop organised in Tuzla within the project It is About You (#AboutU). The project is supported financially by the Embassy of the United States of America in Bosnia and Herzegovina and implemented by the association ‘Ja Bih u EU’ together with the project partners the Instutut za razvoj mladih KULT and Munja Inkubator društvenih inovacija. The lecturer was the academic professor and director Elmir Jukić.

The workshop began with an introduction to the concept of directing film and theatre, the emergence of the first directors, the basics of the job of director and film language. Elmir also mentioned the importance of characters in building the story in films. Through use of examples from films, Elmir pointed out the differences between the terms frame, scene and sequence, which will be helpful to the participants of the project. The aim of the workshops is to teach young people to produce video stories and thus give their views on important issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Elmir said, “The group was very dynamic and diverse. Investment in knowledge and experience is always good and every project that deals with this type of engagement and these topics always makes me happy as a man and a professional. It motivates me to get involved because I have a feeling that it is a noble mission that absolutely makes sense.”

At the end of the workshop, participants choose a topic and each team will in the continuation of the project give their vision of Euro-Atlantic integration in terms of democracy, rule of law, human rights and economy in a creative way.

Mihajlo Pašić who attended the workshop said, “This workshop was excellent, a real opportunity for personal and professional development. We gained new knowledge about production and directing as well as about the topics we chose for the group task.”

Kristina Gadže, another participant, said, “I’m glad that we had an excellent director as a lecturer who gave us numerous tips regarding the future project. I’m looking forward to working on the video with my team on the topic of Euro-Atlantic integration in the coming months so that we can learn about this topic and improve our skills in parallel.”

Haris Harbaš who also attended the workshop said, “I’m glad that we had the opportunity to learn something new about the history of theatre and directing and elements of film. The lecturer is an inexhaustible source of knowledge and it was an honour to listen to him. This workshop and the one that will be held soon in Mostar will be important for us too. We will apply the practical knowledge about film and production to the videos that we are working on about the topic of Euro-Atlantic integration.”

The workshops will continue in Mostar with lecturer Pjer Žalica. It is about you (#AboutU) offers young people in Bosnia and Herzegovina the opportunity to give their views through the production of short videos on topics that are crucial to their future.

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