Regional Promotion and Donation of The Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1996 FAMA Educational Package


Time-line
2007 – Present
Location
South-East Europe
Original format
New Educational model based on 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)
Original Language
English and Bosnian
Theme
The Siege of Sarajevo 1992 -1996 / The Fall of Yugoslavia 1991 -1999 / Negotiations of the Dayton Peace Accords (1995).
Research Period
1980-1999
Outreach
South-East Europe: countries of former Yugoslavia
Description
A new educational model inroduced through compilation of FAMA projects produced between 1992 and 2007. It forms so far most comprehensive picture on the experience of the siege of Sarajevo, with special supplements about the Fall of Yugoslavia and negotiations of the Dayton Peace Accords. Different levels of the siege phenomenon are shown, from existential to cultural, political, military, religious, educational, mental and personal survival. Initiative has been supported by series of public events, speeches, seminars, workshops, interviews, essays and media coverage.
Special Thanks to
Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) whose support enabled FAMA to donate educational pack (BH edition) to city, state and regional libraries.
Ministry of Culture and Sport of Canton Sarajevo and Minister Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, whose support enabled FAMA to donate educational pack (English edition) to the world libraries.
Promotion & Donation
FAMA TEAM
Copyright
© FAMA International

Methodology

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'.

PHASE 1
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.

PHASE 2
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.

PHASE 3
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.

PHASE 4
Converting the structure. This phase involves producing a format suitable for mass production (maps, albums, films, encyclopedias).

PHASE 5
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.

FAMA Educational Pack:
The Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1996

Our extensive research was logically finalized in educational packs designed for different ages, professions and institutions. We concluded once again that FAMA study packs in English and Bosnian should be donated to city, state, regional and international libraries, as it is greatly important for educational packs to be stored at appropriate locations. But whether, if and when the study pack will get its use value – we haven't got a say in that. As always, we thought the most important task was to complete our unique contribution to interpretation of the period 1991-1999, and to put this unique Bank of Knowledge at disposal of the scientific and intellectual community.

About the project

The Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1996 is a title of educational pack created by multimedia company FAMA International. The pack was promoted in Sarajevo, Belgrade, Zagreb, Podgorica, Pristina, Skopje and Ljubljana.

The project was presented by Suada Kapić, FAMA International Director, and Dr. Branka Prpa, a historian from Belgrade. The importance of FAMA-pack was stressed especially in view in the process of reconciliation and truth in the former Yugoslavia.

FAMA International, a multimedia company based in Sarajevo, finalized the Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1996 educational pack after 15 years of intense work. The company is dedicated to searching, preserving and documenting facts, and publishing and producing projects on theme of art of survival in Sarajevo under siege.

"All available stamina: intelligence, skills, expertise and personal relationships were directed to complete the FAMA pack and distribute it to regional and world libraries as a world heritage, the testimony of the time and people in Sarajevo at the end of the twentieth century. This is our contribution to the interpretation of the period between 1991 and 1999 in the former Yugoslavia, " Suada Kapić said.