Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  24 minutes
Date:  2006
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Kosovo - A House Still Divided?

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Resentment and property ownership issues remain as the UN Housing Property Directorate Mission ends.

Life 5 - Kosovo - A House Still Divided?

Although Kosovo is technically a part of Serbia, only 5% of its population is Serbian, while 90% is Albanian. It still bears the scars of the civil war between them: during the conflict, the two communities seized each others' homes and property, leaving thousands displaced after the war ended. The UN created the Housing and Property Directorate (HPD) to restore homes back to the lawful property-right holders.

Since it's inception the HPD has successfully dealt with 29,000 cases. It has made conditions for return easier and offered a cheap, impartial, and safe process where people can come and make their claims. But the HPD's authority has been limited, and its mandate in Serbia is soon at an end. Will HPD's withdrawal signal new anger over land and property rights?

'The visual impact of the gripping documentaries in the Life 5 series make them extremely powerful teaching tools for university, and indeed, other classrooms. In succinct episodes they raise and contextualise some of the most critical issues in the world today. These episodes are produced in an extremely objective manner and allow an audience easily to come to grips with an array of complex problems. They ought to be an indispensable part of the teaching curriculum.' Dr. Jeremy Sarkin, Visiting Professor of International Human Rights, Tufts University

'The importance of these films is that they are intended to raise awareness about global issues in young people, and can be used by anyone for this purpose. The quality of the films is excellent. They are documentaries about the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and include brief interviews with people who are actually involved in MDG programs, from various institutions and from the grassroots to executive level...The objective evidence about the current global crisis of insecurity, poverty, gender inequalities, environmental degradation, and lack of international cooperation is presented in a way that is both realistic and non-inflammatory.

Children are the future. Educational materials such as the Bullfrog Films are very important for the future of both humanity and the human habitat...The Bullfrog Films certainly can and should be shown to children, especially to high school students. But these films are most appropriate for those who prepare the children for responsible citizenship, including global citizenship. They are certainly appropriate for parents who want their children to know about the need for human solidarity and environmental sustainability. And, they are most appropriate for training teachers to plant the seed of global concerns in their students' minds and hearts.' Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter

Citation

Main credits

Jeans, Christopher (film producer)
Jeans, Christopher (film director)
Clarke, James Kenelm (composer)
Sabath, Julian (editor of moving image work)
Kelly, Brenda (film producer)
Bower, Dick (film producer)
Dunbar, Sally (narrator)

Other credits

Music, James Kenelm Clarke; editor, Julian Sabath; executive producer, Brenda Kelly; series producer, Dick Bower.


Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Christopher Jeans

Television Trust for the Environment
Christopher Jeans
Executive Producer: Brenda Kelly
Series Producer: Dick Bower
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Serbia
Albania
Human Rights Law
Human Geography
Human Rights
Immigration and Refugees
War and Peace
International Relations and Geopolitics
Cultural Anthropology
Sociology

Distributor subjects

Anthropology
Conflict Resolution
Europe
European Studies
Geography
History
Human Rights
Humanities
International Studies
Migration and Refugees
Millennium Development Goals
Russian/Slavic Studies
Social Justice
Sociology
United Nations
War and Peace

Keywords

Kosovo, UN, Housing and Property Directorate, HPD, Serbia, civil war, property rights; "Kosovo - A House Still Divided?"; Bullfrog Films

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