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2008 Events

Showcasing the Best of Humanity

Embassy representatives Carlos Gallardo and Bernard Cobaj present awards to the Winning participants

Embassy representatives Carlos Gallardo and Bernard Cobaj present awards to the Winning participants

My Hero Project Encourages Global Story-Telling

On July 10, 2008, Transformational Diplomacy Coordinator Carlos Gallardo presented an award to the winners of the My Hero Global Exchange Project at the American Corner in Podgorica.  The short film won the first place under the "Community" category at the My Hero Festival held in Los Angeles.   The film was also screened in Brussels as part of an EU showcase, and was chosen to be Montenegro's entry at a Copenhagen event this spring.

Almir Muric a.k.a. DJ Aki, created a remarkable piece about a group of Roma break dancers from a refugee camp outside Podgorica called Konik City, while Jelena Joksimovic and Nevenka Vuksanovic, created a piece on their fanciful search for heroes through the streets of Podgorica.  Heroes, break dancers from Konik city, were also presented certificates.

The My Hero project's mission is to encourage global story telling that celebrates the best of humanity with an emphasis on sharing short videos online at MYHERO.COM.  In 2006, My Hero was awarded a Cultural Arts Exchange Grant from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to introduce the My Hero website and media arts education skills to students, educators and artists in the Balkans, Senegal and Jordan. 

The latest workshop in Montenegro was held at the American Corner, July 7-11, 2008, where My Hero administrator Timur Makarevic and his assistant Emina Kujundzic from Bosnia and Herzegovina, conducted workshops for students.

For more information on this program please visit: http://www.myhero.com/myhero/

View the winning video.