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Izazov (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Izazov was a Changing the Story Phase 2 ECR project. Izazov aimed to build the capacity of young change-makers in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to further connect with youth civil society networks and to engage Bosnian youth in inclusive civil society activities.

Through filmmaking workshops and mentoring support, six young activists, from different parts of BiH, created short film stories that they identified as relevant and important.  They disseminated these films to audiences that they identify. Alongside youth led dissemination, the films will be shared with relevant policy audiences to increase the visibility of young people’s priorities and concerns.  

Using an action research framework, Izazov developed methodologies that combined participatory filmmaking with youth activism and assess their effectiveness in enabling young people to increase their visibility.  Research outputs included the films by young people, a practitioner workshop resource, an academic case study and a peer-reviewed journal paper. 

In the Bosnian context, where there were few opportunities for engaged young activists to amplify their voices, Izazov aimed to build the skills of young people to extend their networks, communicate their concerns and in the long-term, to build solidarity with other young regional change-makers.  

Izazov is collaboration between Kings College, London, the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology and Opera Circus in collaboration with other BiH CSO organisations.  The project has developed out of findings from the AHRC/GCRF-funded Art and Reconciliation and Opera Circus’ project work in BiH 

Check out the following film 'ŠTA ONDA?' by Hana Hasanefendić, a young filmmaker on the project. 

The film is a youthful, rebellious and cynical critique of B&H’s national mentality. From the very beginning the film criticizes the way our youthful generations were raised. The film ridicules the way generations have been raised in the country, however sincerely questions the outcomes of having a careless, and corrupted nation. Although the film begins as a critique, it ends with an open question left to be interpreted by every young individual in the country. Every generation has their own share of time, but one day our time will come, too!

You can watch more films written, directed and edited by the young Bosnian filmmakers via their website: http://izazov.org/


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Bosnia and Herzegovina

IZAZOV was a Changing the Story Phase 2 ECR project

Resource Archive

Search or browse the resource archive for films, reports, toolkits and other resources produced by the Changing the Story and its commissioned projects. Items relating to Bosnia and Herzegovina are listed below:

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'The Place Where the Sky Kissed the Earth' introBahtijara Hodzic introduces The Place Where the Sky Kissed the EarthBahtijara Hodzic, , bosnia-and-herzegovina event locationfilm language-english
'Šta onda?' introHana Hasanefendić introduces the film which is a youthful, rebellious and cynical critique of B&H’s national mentality. From the very beginning the film criticizes the way our youthful generations were …Hana Hasanefendić, , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina event locationfilm language-english subject-wellbeing youth
IZAZOV! Change is a Creative MomentBlog (2019/07/10) IZAZOV! Change is a Creative MomentTina Ellen Lee, , , bosnia-and-herzegovina phase2 locationblog language-english subject-reflections
Searching for peace: art, genocide and memory in 2022 Ukraine and 1992-1995 Bosnia and HerzegovinaReport of a Mobility Fund supported project on the peacebuilding aspects of coffee-making/drinking in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Outlining the development of the project from creating a podcast (“The Late Art …Yelyzaveta Glybchenko, , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina mobility-fund locationarticle film subject-participatory-arts subject-peace
Izazov Case StudyIzazov is a Changing the Story Phase 2 ECR project which aims to build the capacity of young change-makers in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to further connect with youth civil …, , , , , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina changemakers locationlanguage-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts youth
Field research in the time of COVID-19: how creativity saved the dayBlog (2021/03/26) Field research in the time of COVID-19: how creativity saved the dayMary Drosopulos, , , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina kosovo phase2 locationblog language-english subject-reflections youth
Participatory Arts and Youth Activism as Vehicles of Social ChangeThis article by Henry Redwood, Tiffany Fairey, and Jasmin Hasić provides an analytical case study of a participatory youth-led filmmaking project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Using the conceptual framework of …Dr Henry Redwood, Dr Jasmin Hasić, Dr Tiffany Fairey, , , , , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina locationarticle language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions sdg-4-education subject-participatory-arts youth
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Foreign Policy Since IndependenceBosnia and Herzegovina’s Foreign Policy Since Independence, edited by Hasić, Jasmin and Karabegović, Dženeta (2019). This book is the first to provide a comprehensive and systematic analysis of the foreign …bosnia-and-herzegovina locationsubject-policy
'Provocation', IZAZOV!Opera Circus, a performing arts organisations in the UK worked with Changing the Story with a small project in Bosnia and Herzegovina called Izazov! (provocation/challenge). 4 films were made by …Robert Golden, , , , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina phase2 locationfilm language-english sdg-10-inequalities sdg-11-sustainable-cities sdg-16-institutions sdg-4-education
'How I learned to dance' introAn introduction to 'How I Learned to Dance' featuring Writer and Director – Francesco Pipparelli and Film and Stills – Georgina Rose SwansonFrancesco Pipparelli, Georgina Rose Swanson, bosnia-and-herzegovina locationfilm language-english
Storytelling in Film and Youth Activism in Bosnia and HerzegovinaBlog (2019/06/02) Storytelling in Film and Youth Activism in Bosnia and HerzegovinaTina Ellen Lee, , bosnia-and-herzegovina phase2 locationblog language-english
Mobility Fund Report, 2020In 2019, Changing the Story (CTS) launched a Mobility Fund, offering financial support of up to £1000 designed to enhance the mobility and professional development of CTS grantees based in …, , , , , , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina colombia india nepal south-africa venezuela locationreport language-english subject-policy youth
Izazov Filmmakers: On being young in Bosnia and HerzegovinaBlog (2019/11/26) Izazov Filmmakers: On being young in Bosnia and HerzegovinaDr Tiffany Fairey, , , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina phase2 changemakers locationblog language-english subject-reflections youth
BiH 2 intro[Duration 40 sec], , bosnia-and-herzegovina phase2 locationfilm language-english
#CTStakeover: Izazov (Bosnia and Herzegovina)Blog (2020/01/03) #CTStakeover: Izazov (Bosnia and Herzegovina), , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina phase2 changemakers locationblog language-english youth
Exploring Constructive Change Through Color: A Coloring Book Collaboration Between Color Up Peace and Changing The StoryThis ‘coloring book’ and exhibition is a result of a series of visual artistic transformations, adapted from the project Color Up Peace. Color Up Peace invites people from all over …Yelyzaveta Glybchenko, , , bosnia-and-herzegovina mobility-fund locationblog subject-participatory-arts subject-peace
Meet the team of young changemakers on our Phase 2 BiH project 'Izazov'[Duration 33 sec], bosnia-and-herzegovina phase2 locationfilm
Changing the Story Consolidating Learning CoLearnSEEFind out more about the Changing the Story Consolidating Learning project CoLearnSEE. Highlights projects across South Eastern Europe, , , , , , , , bosnia-and-herzegovina kosovo phase2 rwanda locationfilm sdg-10-inequalities sdg-4-education sdg-5-gender sdg-8-work subject-participatory-arts