Mirdita, good afternoon: Another Serbia does not mean being a traitor, but thinking differently from political elites

Another Serbia does not mean being a traitor, but people who think it is possible to communicate with others and who think differently from the official state narrative, it was assessed today at the debate “What is another Serbia?” within the Mirdita festival (Good day), which accompanied the promotion of the book “Another Serbia: Bogdan Bogdanović”.

“We live in a time when there is an offensive to cover up crimes on the one hand, and on the other hand to present those convicted of crimes as patriots. This is not typical only for Serbia and it is a sad process,” the president of the Commission told investigation into the murders of journalist Veran Matić.

Matic pointed out that it is important to work together to deal with the past and overcome painful issues, and that this should be an integral process.

“We must not wait for the elites to have mercy on the process of establishing normalization and reconciliation, it is time to use all the capacities that exist and establish in parallel. The Mirdita Festival is a unique and rare manifestation of Serbian-Albanian relations. and every day for everything that needs to be corrected, ”he added.

Sofija Todorović from Byrne pointed out that the support of the world in dealing with the pardon of Serbs and Albanians from Kosovo is no more, but that she is glad about that, because everything is left to “ourselves”.

“Additional skepticism that we can’t do that or that there aren’t enough votes to carry that fight and put it in the foreground, I think that by that we take away the responsibility for the great work we need to do,” she said at the debate.

She stated that she grew up in the 1990s with the narrative that another Serbia is something that is bad.

“It is important that the Kosovo public knows that it is not easy in Serbia either when you want to think differently and that the challenges are multiple,” she added, adding that for her, another Serbia means not something bad but something different.

A political analyst from Kosovo, Škeljzen Malići, pointed out that “the other Serbia did not emerge as an incident, but had a history”.

“Even before, there were intellectuals who understood the reality and were against the conquering ambitions of the Serbian political elites,” he added.

The interlocutors assessed that it is necessary to show more respect in both Kosovo and Serbia to Bogdan Bogdanović, the former mayor of Belgrade.

This year, the ADMOVERE organization launched the “Other Serbia” project, in order to gather the views of Serbian intellectuals who opposed state repression against Albanians in the 1990s.

To this end, extensive research and study of articles and interviews published over three decades in daily newspapers and weekly publications in Kosovo, Serbia and beyond has been conducted. The first volume, published this year, contains excerpts from articles and interviews with one of the most prominent intellectuals, architect Bogdan Bogdanovic, in which he talks about the violation of the human rights of Albanians in Kosovo during the 1990s.

One of the authors of the book, Shkelzen Gashi, said at the presentation that the idea was to show that there is another Serbia that does not have stereotypes about Albanians. He added that with the “Other Serbia” project, they wanted to pay tribute to intellectuals who took risks by writing about endangering the rights of people in Kosovo.

The festival continues with tonight’s concert “Pavana and more”, pianists Branka Paralić and Nataša Penezić in the Red Hall of the Palace of Youth and Sports in Prishtina.

Tomorrow, on the last day of the festival, the book “Behind Seven Camps” by Viktor Ivančić, Hrvoje Polan and Nemanja Stjepanović will be presented, the promotion of which will be accompanied by the debate “Culture as a Political Tool”.

After the debate, the exhibition “Behind Seven Camps” by photographer Hrvoje Polan will be opened in the gallery of the Faculty of Arts in Pristina.

The eighth edition of the festival in Pristina closes with the film “Cargo” by Serbian director Ognjen Glavonić, whose screening will be held at the Armata Cinema.

Admission to all events within the festival is free, and a detailed program is available on the site mireditadobardan.com.

Through the three-day edition of the festival, the audience from Kosovo has the opportunity to get to know the cultural scene of Serbia, musicians, film and literary authors in more detail, as well as to see some of the popular films of Serbian authors.

The inspiration for the festival is the famous Albanian, Kosovo, Belgrade and Yugoslav actor Bekim Fehmiju, who is a symbol of unity, as well as the possibility of connecting two cultural spaces into a single whole.

The festival is organized by the Youth Initiative for Human Rights, Integra, forumZFD, DAM Festival and Civic Initiatives, with the support of the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society, the Swiss Office for Development and Cooperation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

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