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Premier of documentary film "OSCE Mission to Kosovo"

Conceived of and underwritten by the USOSCE, the documentary film "The OSCE Mission in Kosovo" premiered to a standing room only crowd in Pristina on Wednesday, March 30. The film focuses on the significant work the OSCE Mission in Kosovo ("OMIK") does to promote human rights and fundamental freedoms, support communities, facilitate democratization and local governance reform, and improve public safety.

The filmmaker, Arben Llapashtica, was selected through a competition open to young filmmakers (18 to 30 years old). The U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo, Christopher Dell, and the Head of OMIK, Werner Almhofer, spoke at the premiere. Both emphasized the importance of the work carried out by OMIK as well as the need to increase public awareness of and appreciation for it activities. 

Following the premiere, the documentary was shown on three Albanian-language television stations and three Serbian-language stations, with a combined viewership of more than two million people. Station owners later estimated that approximately 300,000 people actually saw the documentary. The film will also be shown at a documentary film festival and at the OSCE headquarters in Vienna.

The USOSCE wishes to thank Ambassador Dell for participating in the premiere and the Public Affairs Section at Embassy Pristina for assisting OMIK in organizing the filmmaker competition and premiere.

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