On November 1-5, 2015 the international “Kin” (Woman) Festival will be conducted in Armenia with participation of female film producers from Turkey.
The festival is initiated and implemented by Legal Gender Cultural Foundatin Liza and this year’s program was included into a grants project supported by European Union funded Support to Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process Programme. It intends to establish professional ties between the female film directors/produces from Armenia and Turkey and promote cultural interactions through exchange visits.
The traditional festival seeks to reassess the role and the position of women in the society and use the cinematographic means to express their issues. The festival promotes the films created by women in Armenia, reveals new names and contributes to intercultural understanding among different nations.
The “Kin 2014” program will include the retrospective screening of films by Gayane Martirosyan, an Armenian cartoonist. A meeting with the director and a screening of her films will be held at TUMO Center of Creative Technologies.
The “Kin 2014” festival will also feature the program of the Turkish “Flying Broom” festival through screening a number of films by directors from Turkey and round table discussions with them.
Invited guests from Turkey will include directors Nezahat Gündoğan, Azra Deniz Okyay, Tülin Özdemir, Somnur Vardar, as well Özlem Kınal, who is the head of the “Flying Broom” and is included in the panel of festival judges.
On November 3, a round table discussion on the topic Women in Cinematography will be held at YSU’s Guest House (Mashtots 25).
On November 5, a presentation by Sonia Dzosifor, a member of the judge panel, will be held at the Theater and Cinema Insititue of the Yerevan State Theater, The topic of the presentation is Women and Cinematography.
Art works by Heriqnaz Galstyan, Hasmik Avetistyan and Zara Manucharyan, female artists from Armenia, will be displayed during the festival.
In total, 57 films from 15 countries will be included in the festival program.
The winners of the festival are:
The Best Film
Salome’s Nose, dir.by Susan Korda, Germany
The Little Stones dir. by Chloe Mazlo, France
Lady with Flower-Hair dir. by Sarah Tabibzadeh, Iran
Level of Care dir. by Julia Peters, Germany
Beat Beat Beat dir. by Christin Freitag, Germany
With Time dir. by Malak Quota, Saudi Arabia
In the Footsteps of Zabel Yesayan in Istanbul, dir. by Maria Titizian, Seda Grigoryan, Armenia
Special Prize from Rossotrudnichestvo
“Rainbow” dir. by Marina Solovyova
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.