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CAUCADOC closing event

25 February 2014
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On 18 February 2014 the closing event for the “Let’s Talk about Films in the South Caucasus/CAUCADOC” project was held in Yerevan.
The project, launched in 2012, was organised by the “People in Need” charitable NGO and the Media Initiative Centre, and funded by the EU, Czech Development Cooperation and other donors.
The aim of CAUCADOC was to support documentary film making through holding a residential workshop on the development of creative documentary films in the South Caucasus, a series of masterclasses and lectures at partnering major film festivals, and a series of debates focusing on key issues related to the audiovisual industry in the region.
The Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Armenia, Peter Mikiska, talked about his own experience during the ceremony: ‘I was really surprised by the attention and presence of a lot of people at the film screening in Vanadzor. I am pretty sure that in other places and occasions the presence was the same. This means that people are interested in human rights and in documentary films. Both of these things combine great opportunities to promote human rights and documentary film making’. He went on to say that he was glad that CAUCADOC was linked to the “One World” film festival, which is due to take place soon in Prague. Together with the Embassy of Poland, the Czech Embassy have tried to invite Armenian documentary film makers to the festival.
Nune Sargsyan, the Head of Media Initiative Centre, shared her thoughts: ‘I love this programme. I am sure that documentary films will save [more general] film making. Within the framework of this project we have tried to enhance attitudes to documentary films in Armenia, Georgia and also a little in Azerbaijan… We have tried to create common space to create these films and deliver them to the general public’.
Several sub-projects were implemented during the two-year project, including: documentary film development and production; the launch of an online catalogue of documentary films from the South Caucasus; the organisation of documentary film festivals in 15 regions of the South Caucasus, including 5 regions of Armenia; a public videotheque; the development of cinema legislation in Armenia.

People in Need also ran the “Teaching through Documentary Films” project within the framework of CAUCADOC. This particular project consisted of developing methodology for documentary films, and offering audiovisual support and follow up activities. This will help teachers to conduct classes about complex social topics, such as human rights, mediation and democratic values more effectively.
“Teaching through Documentary Films” project was initiated in the Czech Republic in 2003 and today is being implemented in 12 countries all over the world. The project began in Armenia in 2012, and the methodology developed is currently being used by 58 teachers from 37 schools.
CAUCADOC was supported by the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme which contributes to exchange of information and experience among cultural operators at a regional level and with the EU. With funding of € 12 million five years Eastern Partnership Culture Programme is implementing in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia

CAUCADOC closing event

On 18 February 2014 the closing event for the “Let’s Talk about Films in the South Caucasus/CAUCADOC” project was held in Yerevan. The project, launched in 2012, was organised by the “People in Need” charitable NGO and the Media Initiative Centre, and funded by the EU, Czech Development Cooperation and other donors. The aim of CAUCADOC was to support documentary film making through holding a residential workshop on the development of creative documentary films in the South Caucasus, a series of masterclasses and lectures at partnering major film festivals, and a series of debates focusing on key issues related to the audiovisual industry in the region. The Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Armenia, Peter Mikiska, talked about his own experience during the ceremony: ‘I was really surprised by the attention and presence of a lot of people at the film screening in Vanadzor. I am pretty sure that in other places and occasions the presence was the same. This means that people are interested in human rights and in documentary films. Both of these things combine great opportunities to promote human rights and documentary film making’. He went on to say that he was glad that CAUCADOC was linked to the “One World” film festival, which is due to take place soon in Prague. Together with the Embassy of Poland, the Czech Embassy have tried to invite Armenian documentary film makers to the festival. Nune Sargsyan, the Head of Media Initiative Centre, shared her thoughts: ‘I love this programme. I am sure that documentary films will save [more general] film making. Within the framework of this project we have tried to enhance attitudes to documentary films in Armenia, Georgia and also a little in Azerbaijan… We have tried to create common space to create these films and deliver them to the general public’. Several sub-projects were implemented during the two-year project, including: documentary film development and production; the launch of an online catalogue of documentary films from the South Caucasus; the organisation of documentary film festivals in 15 regions of the South Caucasus, including 5 regions of Armenia; a public videotheque; the development of cinema legislation in Armenia. People in Need also ran the “Teaching through Documentary Films” project within the framework of CAUCADOC. This particular project consisted of developing methodology for documentary films, and offering audiovisual support and follow up activities. This will help teachers to conduct classes about complex social topics, such as human rights, mediation and democratic values more effectively. “Teaching through Documentary Films” project was initiated in the Czech Republic in 2003 and today is being implemented in 12 countries all over the world. The project began in Armenia in 2012, and the methodology developed is currently being used by 58 teachers from 37 schools. CAUCADOC was supported by the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme which contributes to exchange of information and experience among cultural operators at a regional level and with the EU. With funding of € 12 million five years Eastern Partnership Culture Programme is implementing in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia