4 November 2014 (10.30-12.30) - Room 6 – Palais de l’Europe, Interpretation: FR/EN


Do artistic forms of expression, such as movies and documentaries, have a real impact on public opinion, political debate and decision-making or are they just an outlet for the emotions of a frustrated youth?

School Film Studio as Citizenship Laboratory, The European Wergeland Centre (EWC), Norway in cooperation with the Moscow School of Civic Education (MSCE), Russian Federation

The project was carried out by approximately 250 students from different schools in Stavropol. It is aimed to promote active participation of youth in the community life. The project covered the following actions: identifying youth’s needs and problems in the local community to be addressed; presenting the issues via student-made documentaries; finding solutions and taking actions together with teachers, parents and local community. This initiative is part of the project “Promotion of Civic Education in Russia” implemented by the European Wergeland Centre and Moscow School of Civic Education offering seminars in education for democratic citizenship and human rights.


Ms Olga BODROVA, Russian Federation, Director of the Peace Foundation in the South and North Caucasus

Olga has been working in the field of management of social and educational projects for over 14 years. Her main interests are civics and cultural enlightenment; psychology, pedagogy and educational management; coordinating, monitoring and evaluating social projects and programs, including charity initiatives. Olga has worked in the sphere of Human Rights protection as an Official Assistant to the regional Ombudsman in Stavropol since 2009, and has been an independent Expert on Human Rights of the Russian Ministry of Justice since 2011. She has been working with a number of international projects in the field.


Ms Iryna SABOR, Norway, Advisor at European Wergeland Centre

Iryna Sabor is responsible for the European Wergeland Centre’s projects in the Russian Federation and Ukraine. Her professional interests focus mainly on education for democratic citizenship and human rights, conflict sensitive education and education management. Iryna Sabor has earlier served in the Ukrainian diplomatic service working with issues pertaining to international and bilateral cooperation in the field of culture, education and research.



Discussants are invited to make critical comments during the lab on the impact, transferrability, sustainability and risk of the initiative.

Mr Yascha MOUNK, Germany, Founding Editor of The Utopian and Fellow of the New America Foundation

Yascha Mounk, a writer and political theorist, is a Fellow at the New America Foundation and teaches classes about “Democracy in the Digital Age” and “The Politics of Climate Change” at Harvard University. The author of "Stranger in My Own Country: A Jewish Family in Modern Germany," Yascha is also a frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Nation, Die Zeit and Foreign Affairs. Born in Germany, Yascha has lived in England, Italy, and France, and is now at home in New York.


Mr Hörður TORFASON, Iceland, Human Rights Activist and Artist