Izazov (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Izazov is a Changing the Story Phase 2 ECR project. Izazov aims 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, will create short film stories that they identify as relevant and important.  They will disseminate 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 will develop methodologies that combine participatory filmmaking with youth activism and assess their effectiveness in enabling young people to increase their visibility.  Research outputs will include 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 are few opportunities for engaged young activists to amplify their voices, Izazov aims 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 let us know what you think of Hana’s film by contacting changingthestory@leeds.ac.uk and watch more  films written, directed and edited by the young Bosnian filmmakers via their website:  http://izazov.org/


The Izazov Team:


This 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 hybridity, it critically considers whether and to what extent youth centred, participatory arts projects can facilitate the emergence of a positive hybrid peace.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina

IZAZOV is a Changing the Story Phase 2 ECR project