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Teaching through documentary films

4 July 2014
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On 27 June a conference entitled “Teaching through Documentary Films” was held in Kecharis hotel in Tsakhkadzor. The conference was organised within the framework of CAUCADOC, a project funded by the European Union through the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, and by the Czech Development Agency.

CAUCADOC is a two-year project and has been implemented in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia since early 2012 by the Czech NGO “People in Need” (PIN) and partner organisations from the South Caucasus, including “Sakdoc Film” and the “Media Initiatives Centre” (formerly “Internews Media Support” NGO). CAUCADOC supports documentary filmmaking in the South Caucasus, making use of PIN´s experience organising the world´s largest human rights documentary film festival “One World”.

Teachers from Armenian and Georgian schools were present at the conference, and were addressed by the Head of the Georgian team, Shorena Kuchukhidze, who informed them that over 600 schools and 1,200 teachers from across Georgia have been involved in the project and that further projects were in the pipeline: ‘Owing to this project we found our niche in the field of civic education. We are currently cooperating with the Ministry of Education of Georgia and have designed a number of projects that will be carried out after the end of CAUCADOC’.

Varduhi Dadunts, representative of PIN Armenian office, stated: ‘This project is exclusive as it combines culture and education: we use documentary films to make the educational process more interactive. Also, documentaries are a good instrument to raise awareness among young people. One of the main objectives of our project is to promote local film production, exporting it to international market’.

Country director of People in Need (PIN) Sarah Carrade expressed a belief that this project was one of the most successful ones PIN had ever implemented in Armenia: ‘It has different layers; it involves a significant number of teachers, young people, etc. However, as successful as the project was, we have to think about the next step now. Discussions are just the beginning, we have to change our attitude towards active citizenship, we want youth to see all the changes that our world is undergoing and take that knowledge back home. Active young citizens are the future of a society, and our role is to show them the right ways to gain knowledge and experience’.

CAUCADOC includes residential workshops dedicated to the development of creative documentary films from the South Caucasus, a series of master classes and lectures at partnering festivals, such as the Golden Apricot, Batumi Art House and Tbilisi film festivals, and a series of debates which focus on key issues related to the audiovisual industry in the region. CAUCADOC also supports local initiatives in organising screenings and follow-up debates throughout the region, as well as the use of documentary films at schools.

Teaching through documentary films

On 27 June a conference entitled "Teaching through Documentary Films" was held in Kecharis hotel in Tsakhkadzor. The conference was organised within the framework of CAUCADOC, a project funded by the European Union through the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme, and by the Czech Development Agency. CAUCADOC is a two-year project and has been implemented in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia since early 2012 by the Czech NGO “People in Need” (PIN) and partner organisations from the South Caucasus, including “Sakdoc Film” and the “Media Initiatives Centre” (formerly “Internews Media Support” NGO). CAUCADOC supports documentary filmmaking in the South Caucasus, making use of PIN´s experience organising the world´s largest human rights documentary film festival “One World”. Teachers from Armenian and Georgian schools were present at the conference, and were addressed by the Head of the Georgian team, Shorena Kuchukhidze, who informed them that over 600 schools and 1,200 teachers from across Georgia have been involved in the project and that further projects were in the pipeline: ‘Owing to this project we found our niche in the field of civic education. We are currently cooperating with the Ministry of Education of Georgia and have designed a number of projects that will be carried out after the end of CAUCADOC’. Varduhi Dadunts, representative of PIN Armenian office, stated: ‘This project is exclusive as it combines culture and education: we use documentary films to make the educational process more interactive. Also, documentaries are a good instrument to raise awareness among young people. One of the main objectives of our project is to promote local film production, exporting it to international market’. Country director of People in Need (PIN) Sarah Carrade expressed a belief that this project was one of the most successful ones PIN had ever implemented in Armenia: ‘It has different layers; it involves a significant number of teachers, young people, etc. However, as successful as the project was, we have to think about the next step now. Discussions are just the beginning, we have to change our attitude towards active citizenship, we want youth to see all the changes that our world is undergoing and take that knowledge back home. Active young citizens are the future of a society, and our role is to show them the right ways to gain knowledge and experience’. CAUCADOC includes residential workshops dedicated to the development of creative documentary films from the South Caucasus, a series of master classes and lectures at partnering festivals, such as the Golden Apricot, Batumi Art House and Tbilisi film festivals, and a series of debates which focus on key issues related to the audiovisual industry in the region. CAUCADOC also supports local initiatives in organising screenings and follow-up debates throughout the region, as well as the use of documentary films at schools.