UN Women and UN Kosovo Team-supported movie “Home” wins BAFTA award

Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2017

From left, Producer Shpat Deda, Producer Afolabi Kuti, Producer Arta Dobroshi, Director Daniel Mulloy and Producer Scott O’Donnell at the BAFTA Award Ceremony. Photo: Official BAFTA Ceremony Photography
From left, Producer Shpat Deda, Producer Afolabi Kuti, Producer Arta Dobroshi, Director Daniel Mulloy and Producer Scott O’Donnell at the BAFTA Award Ceremony. Photo: Official BAFTA Ceremony Photography

In February, the UN Women Kosovo-supported short film “Home” received the award for British Short Film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Film Awards (BAFTA) 2017. This makes the movie Kosovo’s first production to win this prestigious award.

“Home” is a Kosovo-British co-production. The short film follows a British family’s journey as refugees as they flee from violence. The film sends a message of compassion and understanding for refugees and the difficult choices they must make in the wake of fear, destruction, and chaos. The film portrays many forms of the human rights violations that often occur during conflicts, including sexual violence. “Home” was inspired by the stories of Kosovo refugees and made in response to the hate and discrimination that many refugees face today. It was shot and produced in Kosovo.

UN Kosovo Team provided financial and logistical support for the film, and UN Women Kosovo provided in-depth technical support to ensure that the movie included an accurate, explicit and sensitive portrayal of conflict-related sexual violence.

UN Women Head of Office in Kosovo, Flora Macula, insisted on the importance of reaching a worldwide audience to raise awareness towards the reality of sexual violence used as a weapon of war. “We need to be conscious of the fact that somewhere in the world someone is suffering sexual violence at this very moment,’’ Ms. Macula said, urging to break the stigma surrounding survivors of sexual abuse.

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