User's Guide for FAMA Educational Pack

Year of Production
Location of Production
Belgrade, Serbia
Original format
Multi-Media DVD
English and Bosnian
User's Guide to FAMA Projects covering three broader themes: The Siege of Sarajevo 1992 -1996 / The Fall of Yugoslavia 1991 -1999 / Negotiations of the Dayton Peace Accords (1995)
Interactive video guide to FAMA projects published and produced between 1992 and 2007. The DVD was produced to highlight FAMA projects and present them as possible models for education of future generations.


Author of the project
Aleksandra Milovanovic
Suada Kapic
Designer / Video animation
Jelena Sanader
© FAMA International


Because of their influence, those who watch, observe, analyse and explain meaning to the masses are considered a kind of elite; however if this elite use faulty methodology or have impure intentions, it can lead to disastrous consequences. We, the founders of FAMA, the first independent multi-media company in the former Yugoslavia, were fully aware of the sensitivity of the area in which we chose to invest. From the very beginning of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, we knew that documentation, of all types and forms, would play a vital role in the fate of current and future generations. In keeping with our own personal principles, our methods rely on fact, oral history and recorded documentation (documented documents). It is through our unique insight and gift of foresight that we have been able to develop a step by step methodology that 'makes the obvious visible'.

Gaining insight. This involves watching events attentively with an open mind as an observer rather than a participant, in order to note significant elements of the observed phenomenon; then putting these elements together to identify early signs of any emerging dominant trends that might launch a new process of cause and effect.

Continuing research through oral history. Those who participated in an observed event talk about their own experience of it, without commenting on other participants. These elements are recorded in photo/video format.

Structuring the research. Putting first hand facts and documented documents of a particular event, period or phenomenon into a structure that transfers this knowledge in a form acceptable to an audience, devoid of any indicators that would point to a conclusion. Readers, viewers, students, researchers draw their own conclusions on the basis of the given format.

Converting the structure. This phase involves producing a format suitable for mass production (maps, albums, films, encyclopedias).

Creating a study pack. We have created an educational pack consisting of different sections that can be used for different levels of education, as our unique contribution to the interpretation of the period 1991-1999.

User's Guide for FAMA Educational Pack

During creation of the FAMA study pack it became obvious that a User Guide was needed in order to provide a clear overview of its contents. The created user-friendly guide enables everyone (a librarian, a teacher, a trainer, a researcher) to find what they need, or to establish what is appropriate given the level of education, or a particular library section. The methodology has once again emerged from the material itself, and showed us the way. Perhaps it is important to underline here that any research material provides essential possibilities of knowledge transfer. All it takes is an open mind and a talent for connecting facts. We also believe that one should never apply methods proven successful, as they proved successful with different forms and contents and are not necessarily appropriate for all. Since the research subject is never the same (different circumstances, period, participants, causes and effects), we believe it's logical that each subject requires its own method. And we followed that principle.