We present to you the results of one of the small projects under the Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria. A local non-governmental organization, a municipality and a local media are partners in the project and together they are going through the difficulties, including the restrictions during the Covid pandemic in 2021.
Antidiscrimination, curbing hate speech
In March 2022, the Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria announced an extraordinary call for proposals under the Small Initiatives Scheme for projects in response to the challenges of the war in Ukraine. One of the...
“Each of the stories we present are real, Bulgarian and need support.” So are the stories about the people and organizations working for the benefit of the Roma community. That’s why we also present...
The project envisaged creating and airing on the Bulgarian National Television ten short documentary movies displaying personal stories of individuals from the Bulgarian Roma community. See results here:
See a film about a woman who defends rights and fights against discrimination and injustice. In her life, she was pointed at for working with Roma, and the Roma remain accepted with suspicion – lawyer Daniela Mihailova.
See the short film about Angel Tichaliev – the master of wind music, the creator of Karandila and Karandila Junior. Today, even after severe hemodialysis, he continues to forge young talents.
EXHIBITION: How much emotion can one object hold? What stories lie behind the objects that surround us every day?
At WESEUM (or, ‘the museum of us’) Fine Acts, with the support of the Active Citizens Fund Bulgaria, asked people from three communities – Roma, LGBTI people and asylum seekers/refugees: What makes you happy? What makes you sad? They answered each question with an object.
“Stronger Than Words” is a video omnibus dedicated to overcoming stereotypes towards different vulnerable groups in Bulgaria. For making it happen, the NGO Fine Acts worked with five Bulgarian filmmakers on five short films addressing hate speech that are thematically and stylistically unified – they are “told” without words.
Next to the invisible people stands an artist painting “gypsy visions” in the noise. Between the poet and the woman, between the society and the family, between Bulgaria and the world, in search of the divine and of oneself, where is Sally Ibrahim? Conductor of a “cosmic love”. What is the song of her life?
We often point the finger at the difference between people. Consciously or not, we make an escape from the problems of the “different”. Is otherness a punishment for us humans? Let’s look inside ourselves and find out how fair and accepting are we, and can we really get to know the ‘different’? This is what we will find out in the story of “Little People”.