The fourth edition of the Free Zone Junior traveling school cinema that includes media literacy workshops will take place online during October and November in 11 different places in Serbia.

School cinema with media literacy workshops will begin it’s virtual journey today, on October 27, in Krupanj and Raška, and it will continue through high schools in Ljubovija, Trstenik, Bogatić, Sečanj, Vršac, Srbobran, Titel, Ub, and Tutin until November 10.

During the interactive online encounters, scholars will have a chance to think about the role, the influence and social engagement through media in contemporary society with the Free Zone Junior’s experts. One of the goals is to motivate them to create their own video documentaries where they can express their opinion and point out the problems from their local community that they find relevant today.

By following workshops, participants will have a chance to take part in the competition for the best documentaries that will be a part of a video exhibition. The exhibition is planned to take place at the International Human Rights Day in Belgrade, December 10. In the case of an unfavorable epidemiological situation, the exhibition will also be held online.

Free Zone Junior traveling school cinema has been around for 4 year, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, and during the last seasons it has travelled through Trgovište, Batočina, Ivanjica, Bela Palanka, Vlasotince, Priboj, Medveđa, Arilje, Prokuplje, Kuršumlija, Šid, Kučevo, Zaječar, Bela Crkva, Negotin, Majdanpek, Knjaževac, Vladimirci, Nova Varoš, Lučani, Ljig, Koceljeva, Mali Zvornik, Novi Pazar, Leskovac, Kovačica, Loznica, Srpska Crnja, Bečej, Mionica, Lajkovac and Brus.

The program Free Zone Junior was founded in 2006. with the aim to start a conversation and spread the knowledge about the relevant social and political topics from around the world and to contribute to the development of critical thinking and media literacy, while destroying prejudice and stereotypes – all this using socially engaged film as a tool. The program has grown with years and today it includes activities in primary and secondary schools, higher education, as well as extracurricular activities for high school students.