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Central Asia: Youth, Tolerance and Television

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Project aims were: to reinforce the goals of the United Nations Year for Tolerance via exchanges and international distribution of programmes produced by young directors; to find and train a group of talented young producer/directors in the Central Asian countries; and to provide these young professionals with the resources needed to produce a series of at least six video programmes highlighting cooperation and regional understanding. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union the region has found itself faced with various ethnic, political and religious problems. This project therefore sought to give its people a chance to work together at promoting peace and understanding. A second objective was to enhance creativity in the cinema and television by calling on experienced documentary film makers and telefilm directors to train the new generation of television professionals.

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The IPDC allocation of US $60,000 was supplemented by a further US $20,000 from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The total enabled extension of the project to eight countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Krgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

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The programme began on time and in six months the participants had been chosen, the training given and production and editing completed. Given the number of countries, people and organizations concerned, this was no mean feat of planning and coordination. In their approach to the subject of tolerance the resultant programmes vary widely in style, videography and editing. Subject matter was also varied, covering prisons, drugs, loneliness, war orphans, etc. It is difficult to rank the productions, each having been made in a different political context.