Thursday, October 27, 2016
Free Press Unlimited has awarded a young filmmaker from Kosovo with the WADADA News for Kids youth price 2016 at the UNAOC PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival in New York City. The annual PLURAL+ competition is organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations with the aim of getting children and adolescents more closely involved in themes like diversity, migration and social inclusion. Over 300 short films from 68 countries were entered.

From Kosovo to Slovenia

The WADADA News for Kids youth prize 2016 was given to the 17-year-old Ardiana Alija from Kosovo, for her film ‘Ardiana’. ‘Ardiana’ is a short documentary about the impact of the migration of the young filmmaker and her family from her homeland Kosovo to Slovenia. Ardiana made her film when she was 16.

“In her film Ardiana shares her feelings about her migration and allows us to feel the dilemma of working on a better future while leaving beloved ones, like her grandmother, behind. We witness the moment of reflection after the change that she went through.” says Jan-Willem Bult, Head of Children, Youth & Media at Free Press Unlimited.

PLURAL+ Youth Video festival

The PLURAL+ awards were presented on October 27th 2016 in New York. Free Press Unlimited wanted to bring Ardiana to the festival to meet other young filmmakers from all over the world. “Unfortunately we couldn’t bring Ardiana to New York because after submitting the film to the festival, the Slovenian production company Luksuz of ‘Ardiana’ lost contact with the young filmmaker. Ardiana and her family have moved on again, most probably to Germany. We are trying to trace them so we can give Ardiana her well deserved award.”

The winning film will be broadcast in the WADADA News for Kids world edition, the weekly news bulletin of the WADADA News for Kids network that is currently connecting 18 countries worldwide.

Watch the winning film ‘Ardiana’ by the 17-year-old Ardiana Alija . 

WADADA News for Kids is made possible by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.