21 March is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, therefore it’s a good opportunity to remember an event that DocWest was recently involved in: the workshop DOCUMENTARY FILM IN THE CLASSROOM, which took place in Bucharest on the 23rd of March.
The workshop was organised by ActiveWatch Romania in partnership with DocWest and the One World Romania Human Rights Film Festival, and was part of of the MedeaNET series. It was open to pre-university educators with an interest in using documentary film to complement their curricula in Civic Education, Social Studies, History and Media Literacy.
The tutors of the workshop were Alexandru Solomon (One World Romania) and Adina Bradeanu (DocWest). The feature documentary selected as the basis for the discussion was MY SCHOOL (Mona Nicoara, Miruna Coca-Cosma, 2011), an award-winning story about an attempted school desegregation in a small town in Transylvania (Sterling Award, Silverdocs 2011).
At the end of the workshop, the participants received the DVD with the documentary film MY SCHOOL and a brochure containing information on Roma discrimination in Eastern and Central Europe, and guidelines for screening and discussing the film in the classroom.
We plan to continue our partnership with Active Watch and One World Romania with similar training events focusing on other sensitive topics in the region.