International Women’s Film Festival KIN was held on 4-8 November 2016 in Yerevan, Armenia. In the festival program, there were 60 films from 20 countries.
There were: Competition program, Guest Program and Retrospective screening program, which was dedicated to Armenian documentary filmmaker Arsha Ovannesova. Her granddaughter came from Spain and participated at the screening of the film about A.Ovannesova. During the festival we organised round-table. Melis Behlil (film critic, the member of the jury, Turkey) was the first speaker. She told about women in cinematography. Later spoke Ruth Olshan (director, a member of the jury, Germany) Joa Junstrom (director, a member of the jury, Sweden) and other guests of the festival. During the festival in Competition program participated film by Zynep Koprulu “1650 km”, in Guest Program was screened film “Dust Cloth” dir. by Ahu Ozturk.
During the festival, Ruth Olshan and Elena Glikman hold master-classes for students of Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography.
We had international jury: Melis Behlil (Turkey), Ruth Olshan (Germany), Moa Junstrom (Sweden), Karine Verdian-Kosmol (Armenia/Germany), Ruslan Sagabalyan (Armenia/Russia).
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.