[x]Cameras not Cannons
Year of production: 1998
Minority TV, a chance for peace in Macedonia?
"Broadcasters all over the world and in the
multiethnic states have one goal: preserving the culture and developing
the cultural identity of specific ethnic groups."
Vullnet Poshka, commissioning editor for Albanian broadcasting, Macedonian State Television MTV.
The collapse of Yugoslavia revealed with
gruesome clarity the damage that ethnic-nationalist thinking can cause,
after years of federalistic coexistence.
The population of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia chose
indepenence in 1991. The newly independent republic developed a
democratic constitution, and is trying to find a way to accommodate the
interests of all ethnic groups: Macedonians, Albanians, Turks, Roma,
Aromanians and Serbs.
To give all groups in the country the feeling that they have a voice,
Macedonian State television granted broadcasting time to all
minorities. As part of a UN peacekeeping project, the broadcast slots
were expanded with the support of Switzerland and Denmark.
Can minority television contribute to peace?
our film we accompany journalists from the five minority channels as they
report on their worlds. What do they talk about? How? And what
motivates them to do so?
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