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Improving Services for Youth at Risk in the Russian Federation

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Genre: Documentary
Director: Hussein M. Amery
Co-Producer: Maryana Nikoula & Evgeni Shevchenko
A/Director & Editing: Andrew Alexander

IMPROVING SERVICES FOR YOUTH AT RISK IN THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION (YAR PROJECT)

A $3.5 million CIDA funded technical assistance project aiming at improving the social integration of youth at risk and their families in the Russian Federation and introducing children's rights as the standard for service provision. The project is managed by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in partnership with the Russian charitable Foundation NAN.

A society is measured by the well being of its children. Russia has made significant strides in addressing the needs and rights of its disadvantaged children and youth at risk. Efforts to protect child rights and to improve Russia's juvenile justice system are underway at the regional and national levels. This 20-minute film presents a snapshot of Canadian assistance to Russia in support of these efforts. It focuses on the YAR project's impact in one of the six pilot regions - Chuvashia, featuring young boys who are serving sentences in a youth correctional facility.

Airing: 2009




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Genre: Documentary
Director: Hussein M. Amery
Producer: Michael Miner
Co-Producer: Maria Schnurr
Assoc. Producer: Melinda R. MacDonald
Editing: Andrew Alexander

SEARCH: THE SOUTH EAST ASIA REGIONAL COOPERATION IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

SEARCH (Southeast Asia Regional Cooperation in Human Development) is a continuation of CIDA's efforts in Southeast Asia to engage in the promotion of practical and constructive initiatives in the human rights area. SEARCH, along with its three regional partners: UNIAP, ASEAN Working Group, and Forum Asia, provide human rights support to three specific groups: children, ethnic minorities, and migrant workers. The documentary describes the areas of focus of the SEARCH Project and its impact on the environment, human resources, and organizations in Southeast Asia.

Airing: 2009




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Genre: Documentary (16 minutes)
Producer: Hussein M. Amery
Co-Producer: Igor Ilko
Editing:Igor Sukholotyuk, Andrei Uzlov
Director - Production: Tyson Haller
Director - Post-Production: Donna Leon

TRANSITIONS

Transitions is a comprehensive documentary that follows the inception of the $6 million Decentralized Management of Skills Training Project in Ukraine (DMSTP), which aims to support the implementation of a decentralized management model for the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP). The project coordinates skills training in Ukraine by empowering Regional Administrations to design and implement programming in response to the demonstrated needs of stakeholders such as labour unions and associations of industries and entrepreneurs. The project will support the MLSP’s efforts to coordinate training supply with demand across economic and government sectors as represented by a wide variety of national and regional stakeholders in Ukraine’s skills training system.

Airing: 2008




Partnership for Tomorrow Program II

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Genre: Documentary
Producer: Hussein M. Amery
Co-Producer:Gail Bowkett, Walid Madhoun
Editing: M. P. Circelli
Director: Tyson Haller

PARTNERSHIPS FOR TOMORROW PROGRAM II: BUILDING BRIDGES FOR TOMORROW

Building on the success of CIDA’s initial Partnerships for Tomorrow Program, Phase II expands the programs focus to include Central Asian countries as well as Central and Eastern European countries. The program continues to support small projects designed to fortify partnerships and linkages between Canadian organizations and organizations from the eligible countries. This documentary highlights the various goals and successes the program has achieved through interviews and footage taken of the participants.

Airing: 2006




THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPEAN PARTNERSHIP FOR TOMORROW PROGRAM

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Genre: Documentary
Producer: Hussein M. Amery
Co-Producer: Branka Gudelj
Editing: Richard Millen
Director: Tyson Haller

THE CENTRAL & EASTERN EUROPEAN PARTNERSHIP FOR TOMORROW PROGRAM

The CIDA funded Partnerships for Tomorrow Program was initiated to develop sustainable models for effective interaction between technical institutions and industry. The program supports small projects which aim to build and strengthen partnerships and linkages between Canadian organizations and organizations from the eligible Central and Eastern European countries. These long term relationships will facilitate the capacity development of individuals and organizations in the region while developing Canadian expertise in working these countries. This documentary highlights the various goals and successes the program has achieved through interviews and footage taken of the participants.

Airing: 2003




BOSANSKA VEZA U KANADI (BOSNIAN CONNECTION IN CANADA)

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Genre: Documentary (45 minutes)
Producer: Milan Trivić
Co-Producer:Hussein M. Amery
Co-Production:OBN, London TV International, ACCC
Director: Milan Trivić

BOSANSKA VEZA U KANADI (BOSNIAN CONNECTION IN CANADA)

Working with renowned filmmaker Milan Trivić we take an emotional journey dealing with the aftermath of the Balkans Conflict. In this documentary the stories of six people displaced from their homeland and now living and working in Canada are portrayed. Some are refugees, others ran away and all have found peace in Canada - but not all have found fulfillment. Some are content in their new found safety and security, committed to starting over but never quite able to forget the scars of their past. Others feel that the parts of themselves that they left behind can never be replaced and returning home is an eventual reality.

Airing: Open Broadcast Network (November 1999)




Adna in Sarajevo

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Genre: Documentary (10 minutes)
Producer: Hussein Amery, Felice Gorica, TV OBN
Director: Mirna Sadiković

ADNA IN SARAJEVO

“Adna in Sarajevo” takes the viewer into the life of a child growing up in war torn Bosnia. Adna, a 12-year old girl, is interviewed about the experiences and feelings that shaped her youth as she grew and lived with war taking place all around her. She goes to school, she plays with dolls and talks of her friends but her life is vastly different from most her age.

Airing: Open Broadcast Network (Fall 2000), Toronto Children’s Film Festival (2001), Atlantic Children’s Film Festival (2002)




TAKSI VOZNJA (TAXI RIDE)

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Genre: Short movie (5 minutes)
Producer: Hussein Amery, Academy for film
Director: Alma Bećirović

TAKSI VOZNJA (TAXI RIDE)

Director’s Alma Bećirović quirky and wry short film brings us a story of a solitary man’s entanglement with fate. Beginning with a lottery ticket and leading into mirthful taxi ride, the viewer is exposed to the twists and turns life can take and how luck can be spectacular, cruel or poignant.

Airing: Due to duration, only appears as an intro to other films.




To and Fro (Tamo-Ovamo)

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Genre: Short movie (8 minutes)
Producer: Hussein Amery, Damir Ibrahimović, Deblokada production house
Director: Jasmila Žbanić

TO AND FRO (TAMO-OVAMO)

This short film depicts the story of a Bosnian family returning home after being relocated to Germany during the war. Told from the perspective of the youngest daughter, this tale follows the family from the serene and peaceful life they are leaving behind in Germany to the harsh reality of what awaits them in their war torn native land. Through the eyes of a child, one is forced to wonder what the concept of home really is.

Airing: Gotenburg Film Festival (2002)




Anathema

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Genre: Documentary (58 minutes)
Producer: Hussein Amery, Sabrija Suljević, Federation TV
Director: Nada Mehmedbašić

THE GOOD SPIRIT OF THE OLD BRIDGE

In Bosnia and Herzegovina stands the city of Mostar, named for the majestic stone bridge that spans the Neretva River located there. This bridge was a focal point of the community and no event was more popular than the diving contests that took place annually. This documentary, depicted through the eyes of the legendary thirteen time diving champion Emir Balic, discusses how this spectacular bridge was once a symbol of tolerance and understanding and then upon its destruction by Croat forces in 1993 became a symbol of hope and international resolve. Breathtaking footage of pre-war Mostar is interspersed with that of the post-war construction efforts leaving the viewer with a sense of how easily a community can be devastated and how important it is for the world to rally around the cause of healing. The recent restoration of the bridge was celebrated throughout Europe as part of the rebuilding post-war process.

Airing: Federation TV (Fall 2002)




Anathema

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Genre: Documentary (16 minutes)
Producer:Vladimir Divjak, ProMag Productions
Executive Producer: Hussein Amery
Executive Co-Producer: Adina Savić
Director: Dragan Elćić

ANATHEMA

This sixteen-minute documentary delves into the reality of change in the rural landscape of Serbia as the populace shifts to an urban existence. The viewer is given a stark view into the small village of Trebinje where the youth have departed for city life and the ways of past are being abandoned and forgotten. The stirring sounds and the songs of the Serbian rural community are used as a back drop for this gripping tale where the desire to return to the simpler times is dwindling away.

Airing: December 2001




10 Minutes

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Genre: Short movie (10 minutes)
Producer: Hussein Amery, Ahmed Imamović, FX Concept
Refresh – Branko Šimunac
Director: Ahmed Imamovic

10 MINUTA (10 MINUTES)

An engaging, award winning short movie about a simple and sweet moment in a tourist’s day in Rome juxtaposed against the grim and dark reality of a young boy’s survival in war-torn Sarajevo. Director Ahmed Imamović masterfully portrays radically different sides of the spectrum of life and leaves the viewer thinking that in two different places, not that far one from another, at the same time, in the same 10 minutes, a lot can happen – most wonderful and most horrible.

Airing:Sarajevo Film Festival (Winner), Solvene – Montuvan Film Festival (Winner), European Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Las Vegas Film Festival, Tokyo Film Festival




Bosnia Babylon

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Genre: Documentary (16 minutes)
Producer: Hussein Amery, TV OBN
Director: Amarildo Gutić and Ševko Bajić

BOSNIA BABYLON

This short documentary delves into the story of two religious leaders in Bosnia and what each of them represents to the community. A young catholic priest who sings in a local rock band and a rabbi from one of the oldest synagogues in the area are the focus of directors Amarildo Gutić and Ševko Bajić. Each one is interviewed and each brings a unique perspective of the importance and significance of religion in an environment that is just beginning to recover.

Airing: Open Broadcast Network (December 2000)

 

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