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Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Great Films that Change Our World was a collaboration of Balkan Sunflower (BSF) and Kosovo broadcaster RTV21. The first season of 30 films began broadcast on television 26 March 2006 and concluded in December 2006. The 2008 season, from 13 January to 18 May, included 18 films, listed below. The Great Films that Change Our World 2009 program included, 18 films broadcast from 25 January to24 May. The BSF project included:

- A broadcast panel discussion following all of the films (except Malcolm X which because it was 3 hours 20 minute length did not allow time also for a panel) dealing with the themes and questions raised by the films. Panelists discussing the themes raised in the films have included University of Prishtina professors, chief judge of the Kosovo supreme court, film directors, educators, doctors, human rights activists, and former Kosovo Prime Minister Bajram Rexhepi. In all more than 100 panelists participated in 2006 and 115 in 2008-2009.

- A Human Rights Wall Calendar distributed to classrooms and offices around Kosovo, with important dates in human rights, and the schedule of the films in 2006, and a What Can You do for Kosovo poster (with broadcast information) in 2008-2009.

- A Human Rights Teacher's Discussion Guide, distributed to approximately 1000 classrooms in 2006 and again in 2008, including both discussion points for the films, human rights, notes, and quotations for daily reflection.

- Programs in secondary schools, to directly involve students, and help raise their questions to the broadcast panels. In 2006 this included broadcasts and discussions in 10 schools. In 2008, a Debate in Our Schools program held impromptu debates in 300 classrooms.

The 2006 project was supported by the British Office Pristina (Foreign and Commonwealth Office). The 2008-2009 programs have been sponsored by the Advocacy Training and Resource Center (ATRC) / IREX/USAID, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Department of Youth of the Kosovo Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, with additional support from the United Nations Volunteer program. Participation with the schools was approved with excellent support by Kosovo's Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

This advertisement was used on Kosovo television to introduce the Great Films project to the viewers.

Teacher's Guide to Great Films English
Teacher's Guide to Great Films Albanian
Great Films Project Final Evaluation

Films Shown In 2006 Included:

The American President
Angela’s Ashes
Billy Elliot
Born on the Fourth of July
The Boxer
Ca Commence Aujourd’hui
The Chamber
Chicken Run
Cry Freedom
Gorillas in the Mist
The Green Mile
In the Name of the Father
Lilja 4 Ever
Lorenzo’s Oil
The Paper
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Milagro Beanfield War
Schindler’s List
Shakespeare in Love
All the President’s Men
The Color Purple
The Killing Fields
Sometimes in April
Stand and Deliver
Bowling for Columbine
House of Sand and Fog
Requiem for a Dream
Good-by Lenin

The 2008 Season Included:

Minority Report
Snow Falling on Cedars
It's a Wonderful Life
8 Mile
Bob Roberts
The Emperor's Club
The River
The Mozart and the whale (Crazy in Love)
The Last Emperor
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence
Wild America


Bend it Like Beckham
Live and Become
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Lives of Others
Broken Wings
The Queen
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Malcolm X
Au Revoir Les Enfants
Beijing Bicycle
The Great Gatsby
Gadjo Dilo
Hotel Rwanda
Akeelah and the Bee
Lord of War
Primary Colors

Great Films that Change Our World is a signature Balkan Sunflowers project. No distributor we worked with knew of any other project anywhere in the world like this. We are ready to advise other NGOs or broadcasters on doing this program in other countries.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 July 2010 )

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