AUGUST 18. 2021.

Impressions of a week in Prizren

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Marime Gjoka

An old song says that music avoids problems, especially when traveling to Prizren. After a busy week, I have received an email where I was informed that I had been selected to volunteer for the Dokufest in the framework of ROUTE WB6 project. I can not hide my happiness as I have always been extremely interested in cinematography and I have appreciated the prestige of Dokufest for a long time. Since we arrived the staff was quite warm and I can say that I felt at home. The local volunteers seemed a little shy at first, but once you got in touch with them you found out how talented each of them was. I was engaged as a volunteer at the Lumbardhi Cinema, which is the first state cinema in Prizren and for which great advocacy was made to preserve it.

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Thanks to this experience I managed to make new friends from the region to exchange our views and ideas on cultural issues. At the same time, I visited many historical sites and monuments for which I had not had the opportunity before. I fully believe that this experience connected us with each other. If I had the opportunity I would attend Dokufest every year, and I recommend all young people from the region to visit it. It is an opportunity where you can learn more about cinematography but also where you can create uniques friendships.

The views expressed in this story are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the ROUTE WB6 project, the project consortium members or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway which supports the project. The author is solely responsible for the validity and accuracy of the information presented in this story.