In December of 2001, Picture Me an Enemy received a finishing fund grant from WYBE for inclusion in the Philadelphia Stories II series. And in the Spring vis à vis productions received a Harmony Grant from the Leeway Foundation for projects that promote racial, ethnic and religious tolerance. Editing was completed in May and in July 2002 Picture Me an Enemy was broadcast on WYBE Public Television.

City Paper's Movies and Books Editor, Sam Adams, selected the film as a screen pick and called it a "bracing half-hour documentary" that "reconfigures simplistic definitions of victim-hood…without pushing for transcendence, the film finds a balance between reportage and expressionism." (City Paper, June 27-July 3, 2002)

Natasa Borcanin
Picture Me an Enemy made its theatrical debut in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 3, 2002 at the International House of Philadelphia. The documentary was followed by a panel discussion on "the Creation of the Enemy in Times of Conflict" moderated by Ashok Gangadean, founder and director of the Global Dialogue Institute with a distinguished panelists including:

-Giandomenico Picco former Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations was representing the UN's Dialogue among Civilizations initiative.

-Al-Hassan Conteh from the University of Pennsylvania's Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict.

-Susan Koscis from the Search for Common Ground Organization.

-Jack G. Shaheen, acclaimed author of "Reel Bad Arabs", media critic and motion picture consultant.

The premiere drew over 400 people and both the documentary and the panel were very well-received. For more information on the premiere, click here and to view press coverage, click here.

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Nathalie and Natasa with Michael Appleton, producer of Facing the Enemy, at Visions Cinema in Washington, DC, after their screening at the Common Ground Film Festival.
The documentary was shown at the Common Ground Film Festival held in Washington, DC from November 1-7, 2002. The festival brings together films that "emphasize the common humanity shared by people in conflict. While not ignoring the differences that divide people, the films highlight the commonalties among them. The festival aims to recognize the achievements of socially conscious filmmakers, to strengthen the influence of film and video in transforming conflict, and to move audiences beyond viewing to engagement and dialogue. The festival is presented by Search for Common Ground, an international non-governmental organization with projects around the world that promote peaceful and cooperative approaches to conflict resolution."

In the month of November 2002, the
Picture Me an Enemy team was invited to screen at the University of Pennsylvania's prestigious Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, as well as, the Civic House, as part of their "War perspectives" series. Former congresswoman Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky invited the group to show the documentary in her class at the Fels Center for Government, also at the University of Pennsylvania. And the documentary was presented to the Model UN Club at the Penn Charter High School. Also in November, Picture Me an Enemy received a Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association (PIFVA) in-kind grant for color correction services by Rob Giglio of Modern Video productions, which was completed in December 2002. In addition, film was received a 2002 Communicator Awards - Crystal Award of Excellence in the documentary category.

PICTURE ME AN ENEMY was recently selected as a pre-finalist to compete in the INPUT '03 international selection in Pottsdam, Germany in February 2003 (International Public Television Conference). In the Spring of 2003, vis à vis productions presented the documentary at Ithaca University, The School for International Training (S.I.T.) in Vermont and Kutztown University. The success of these screenings has shown that the documentary is an ideal starting point for discussions about conflict, identity, stereotyping, and the history of the former Yugoslavia. A number of college professors and high school teachers, members of American Friends Service Committee, as well as, Ashok Gangadean, Ph.D. of the Global Dialogue Institute have praised the documentary for it's educational value.

Tajiha takes a turn behind the camera.

This web site contains additional resources on the former Yugoslavia to view them visit the Balkan links section of this site. In addition, a multimedia educational package for High School and University classrooms under the guidance of Instructional Designer Janet Smith and Curriculum Developer Jen Creger is currently in development. The educational package will include teacher's guides with a six-week curriculum pack for high schools, as well as additional clips, reflections from the participants and discussion topics to tie the themes of the documentary to other conflicts around the world. Check back soon for more information on the educational package. In March 2003, the Picture Me an Enemy educational team presented the documentary and educational materials (in development) at the Society for Information Technology in Education's 2003 conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

In April 2003,
Picture Me an Enemy was awarded "Best Documentary" at the Philadelphia Film Festival's - Festival of Independents. In August 2003 the film was nominated for an "Outstanding Documentary Program" Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award.

We are happy to announce that the film will be distributed by Women Make Movies in NYC in January 2004!

In the meantime…we need support! E-mail us if you want to help us with distribution and development of the educational materials.

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