TBILISI, 25 January 2023 – Today the Acting Head of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM), Dr. Tibor Kozma attended a premiere of the documentary film “My links to Abkhazia,” directed by Zviad Mchedlishvili, the EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism 2021 winner. The production of the documentary was sponsored through the EUMM Peace Prize 2021 award. The event, co-organised by the Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), hosted more than 35 journalists and conflict-resolution experts.
The Acting Head of EUMM addressed the audience prior to the premiere and noted the importance of telling stories that reflect a conflict in a sensitive way. “I am particularly happy that this documentary focuses on young people who are our best hope for successful reconciliation among the divided communities. As you may know, the goal of EUMM is to contribute to stability, dialogue and peace in Georgia. That is why we support journalists who share the same values and who work towards the same goal” – Dr. Kozma said during his speech.
The EUMM Special Prize for Peace Journalism is one of the eight categories of the EU Prize for Journalism, organised by the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia. Since 2013, EUMM has been awarding this Prize to honour independent, conflict-sensitive journalism which contributes to confidence building and lasting peace in Georgia. This contributes to confidence building and peace among communities, one of the priorities of the Mission in line with its mandate.
Following the premiere screening, the floor was opened for a discussion, which allowed attendees to provide their feedback on the documentary and discuss ideas for Georgian-Abkhaz conflict resolution.