The Role of Documentaries in Sensitizing Audience on 'the Cyprus Issue'
17 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2005
Date Written: June 1, 2005
The selected four films are about actual feelings and sentiments of people in a period - just before the referenda - when endeavors to end separation by civil initiatives have reached its apex. "Normative" and "perceptual" processes that promote conflict are also portrayed with multi-perspectives of Turkish and Greek Cypriots in these selected films.
What roles do such conflict sensitive films play as "the mirror of our times"? To distinguish the enabling and disabling factors in building awareness and confidence between two communities as displayed by the films is the main objective. With its commitment to human rights and economic fairness, can conflict prevention and transformation provide a model of action for the 21st century?
Preventive approaches are people and solution-orientated, peace and truth-focused with multiple perspectives unlike the "old paradigm" where violence/war, propaganda, double-standards, advocacy, victory and elites are at the crux of the matter.
The main hypothesis of this new paradigm is that humans have an unconscious need to dichotomize and to differentiate the "other", which gains significance in forming group identities. Yet, the more alternatives are offered to people, the more hope there is for forming bridges with the other and the less likelihood there is for conflict.
Keywords: Intergroup Conflict Resolution, Transformation
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