"In Retrospect” documentary movie is the outcome of collective effort of an international group of amateur cinematographers. It approaches the issues of remembrance, media and co-existence

In Retrospect
Summary of Project Activities

Presentation of the Daily Newspapers Archive

The working group of each partner organization created a daily newspaper archive with news of national media from three critical instances of the Yugoslav wars, namely:
a. the Srebrenica genocide
b. the Dayton agreement.
c. the beginning of NATO intervention.
Introduction to Press Archive

Daily Newspaper Archive

Archive Presentation

Research Methodology

In Retrospect movie screening report - December 19, 2017

On Tuesday, 19th of December 2017 the second local event was held in student’s club “Dom B - 612” in Novi Sad, Serbia. “In Retrospect” documentary was screened along with two more movies and more than 60 people saw it. Primarily this was organized for students of journalism from first to fourth year but there were also students from the Faculty of Philosophy, mostly from department of social sciences, and students from the Academy of Arts. We also held a discussion after the screening on the topic of the documentary and talked about what can be changed or improved. So far it has been shown that this kind of screening and interaction with students was most fruitful for the improvement of the project.

Local event, Dresden - December 18, 2017

The local event took place at the alternative space for culture and art Rudolf 7 from 20:00 to 23:00. The JKeV team first presented the main goals and topic of the “In Retrospect” project and explained the methodology used throughout project activities (collecting archives of newspapers that referred to Yugoslav wars and conducting video interviews about the role of media in forming public opinion). Then, some main points on the representation of the Yugoslav Wars in German media were raised. Interestingly, the discussion with the ethically diverse audience coming from Germany, Syria, Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia, France, Greece, Ukraine, Israel, Iran, Poland revealed that media and press about the Yugoslav wars varied greatly across countries

After the presentation, the documentary film's screening took place and later on we discussed the opinion of the audience regarding the film, the opinions stated during the interviews and the selected archives which were added to the film. In order to continue the discussions and share our viewpoints, JKeV arranged a buffet with food and drinks so that we could keep on talking and reflecting on the documentary film. The majority of the audience was between 20 and 50 and there were only few participants between 50 and 70 years old. An overall of 31 citizens attended the event, 13 male and 18 female.

Local event, Brussels – December 7, 2017

EPTO organized a local screening of the final documentary on December 7th in Brussels. Circa 40 people attended the screening. The event was organized in 3 stages:
1. Introduction to the project, partner organizations, working methods and ideas.
2. Screening of the movie.
3. Discussion on the topic and answering on the questions from the audience.

Screening at GEM CLUB, Skopje; November 28, 2017

On the same day that 6 countries were celebrating the day of the Yugoslav Republic decades ago, the Youth Alliance Krusevo team screened the “In Retrospect” documentary movie discussing the dissolution of the Federation and the role of media in shaping public opinion on it. The discussion that followed was attended by a diverse group of citizens: adults who were teenagers during the Yugoslavian wars and young people who have knowledge for Yugoslavia either from the media or from their Yugo - nostalgic parents. Among the attendants were also two of the interviewees of the movie. The collage of photos from newspapers’ front covers from different countries was presented.

Initially the hosts presented to the audience the main idea of the project, the press registry production process and the movie that they were about to see. After the project presentation, more than 30 attendants watched the movie in one breath in a cozy atmosphere accompanied by hot drinks. In the discussion that followed, it was evident that strong impressions were created to the audience no matter their age. Some of them were discussing in tears, remembering one historical period that is forever gone. Others were arguing on the huge impact of the media both on the unraveling of the conflict in ex-Yugoslavia and on the ongoing situation in Europe.

In Retrospect – History is being made; Event in Frankfurt, November 30, 2017

Within the Democracy Conference of the Partnership for Democracy, Frankfurt, our “In Retrospect” team screened the documentary movie and gave out leaflets of the press archive to the attendants. For the discussion that followed, we invited one of the German interviewees, Gottfried Kössler, who is an historian in the Jewish museum of Frankfurt and the young journalist Danijel Majić, who was born in Croatia and produces the podcast Balla Balla Balkan. Our team member Britta May interviewed both of them in a short panel discussion after the screening of the film.

Together with Gottfried Kössler they discussed the role that Germany took in the beginning of the Balkan wars and how different events in history have been connected through media and public opinion and have influenced the wars in the Balkans (e.g. the reunification of Germany or the holocaust). Along with Danijel Majić we talked about the topics of the Balkans nowadays and the thousands of migrants from these countries in Germany. All in all, it was an interesting panel discussion that also included questions from the audience. Even though it was a side event of the conference, 45 people watched the video and listened to the discussion.

In Retrospect - Local Screening in Novi Sad, November 27, 2017

The public presentation of “In Retrospect” movie to the local audience of Novi Sad was organized in Caffe Pero, a warm and artsy space near the city center. The movie screening was followed up by a photo exhibition created by local young activists and artists who had a chance to visit Sarajevo (Bosnia) and Prizren (Kosovo) for the first time during Sarajevo film festival and Dokufest. The movie was screened three times during this event, and people could see it in the next seven days as part of the exhibition.

On the opening night, more than 50 persons were present, and in next seven days around 230 people saw the movie and the exhibition. The “In retrospect” project was presented during the event along with its main idea, the steps for its realization and the movie as its final result. Also, Vojvodina Civic Center organized a small panel discussion about potentials for overcoming challenges posed by the heritage of the recent conflict period through exchange programs between Balkan countries.

Local Event in Athens, November 10, 2017

Southeast European Studies of the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Athens. The documentary movie "In Retrospect" was screened for the first time in Greece while a photo exhibition which was created as part of the project was displayed in the room. Among the audience were Silas Michalakas, editor of the movie, Nikos Pasamitros, screenplay writer as well as several members of the international project teams. In the discussion that followed the screening, the audience asked about the structure and methodology of the documentary and expressed ideas and opinions on its main messages and future uses.

The mini-exhibition featured front covers of selected newspapers from Greece, Belgium, Germany, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia during the Yugoslav wars. It is now displayed at the entrance of the seminar rooms where different master programmes of the Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration of the University of Athens are taught.

Project presentation at the Educational Centre in Celje, November 9, 2017

The event started with a short introduction and an overview of the In Retrospect project along with its aims and objectives. The opening was followed by the presentation of the daily newspapers archive, placing emphasis on the method of production. Students, particularly those interested in journalism, showed great interest in the process of developing the archive. After a short brake, the “In Retrospect” movie was screened. A lot of points needed to be explained to the students after the screening as regards historical events discussed in the movie. Surprisingly, professors took over and did most of the facilitation and they were quite passionate about the subject, too.
In a while, the discussion went more in the direction of the technical aspect of the production of the movie. This was expectable since the Educational Centre consists also of a well know Media School. Overall, the event was a success. We managed to stir some interest about that period of the Balkan history among young people and also made some points about the nature of the media today and their impact on Slovenia’s recent history.

Screening at Kljuc, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 26, 2017

The screening of “In Retrospect” documentary in Ključ was attended by 35 citizens along with the people involved in the implementation of the project. The event gathered people in order to see the movie but also to discuss on the topic. Most participants agreed that this kind of documentaries are more than ever needed for supporting the Bosnian society overcome the heritage of war. The event was organized in 5 stages:
1. Introduction of the project, partner organizations, working methods and ideas – done by local coordinators Jasmina Banjaluckic, Azra Kujudnzic and Anela Crnolic.
2. Screening the movie.
3. Discussion on the topic and answering on the questions from the audience.
4. Sharing thoughts from the people that have been participating in the movie (4 of them were on the screening).
5. Informal gathering of all participants.

International Conference, Novi Sad, Serbia, July 1-2, 2017

Inter Alia and Vojvodina Civic Centre held a 2-day conference on the role of media, public opinion and EU policy during the ex-Yugoslavia conflicts. Journalists, artists, activists and politicians were among the key speakers of the conference reflecting upon the processes of building participative culture of remembrance in post conflict societies in the territory of former Yugoslavia.

Read the full report here

You can read the full report of the capacity building activity here.
In Retrospect - CBA Report       

Kick-off meeting

19-20 November 2016

The kick-off meeting of project coordinators was held in Inter Alia offices in Athens. Partners co-decided on different aspects of cooperation, notably, ways of functioning within the partnership (tasks, communication, deadlines etc.) while details about project activities were discussed and agreed upon.