Using animation alongside beautifully shot documentary footage, BETWEEN TWO MOUNTAINS follows the stories of four young people who've survived against incredible odds - exposing the ongoing consequences of war for the next generation.
We are currently in the last week of our final 4 week shoot in Bosnia Herzegovina . We have seen all our characters go through great change. We have filmed in Croatia, Sweden and Bosnia and have captured the tears and laughs of these four inspiring young people over the last 10 months of their lives.
We are developing our outreach strategy for the film and are interested in creating partnerships with organisations working on children's rights in post-conflict zones. We have a working partnership with the Bosana Foundation in Bosnia which provides on-the-ground support, education and scholarships to young people from disadvantaged and war-torn backgrounds in Bosnia Herzegovina. We also have Warchild UK who are very interested in using the film as a tool for outreach in screenings for their partners such as UNICEF. We are currently approaching many other similar organisations we think could use this film as an effective awareness-raising tool for anyone involved in implementing policy or working in post-conflict areas.
We have many plans for the film in terms of outreach. Apart from broadcast, cinema and international festival screenings, we are committed to making sure this film is seen by as many people as possible to raise awareness of the effects of war on children. Within Bosnia, we plan to arrange mobile screenings for groups of young people and those who care for them. From orphanages to shelters, schools and youth clubs, we would like to tour the film around the country, engaging the support of those who are living out the effects of war on a daily basis. We aim to raise funds through the film for the Bosana Foundation's ongoing work.
On a policy/global level, we would like to get the film translated into several different languages to ensure the scope of the project reaches as many post-war nations as possible. We are particularly interested in engaging with those who will be deployed in Syria, once the conflict there ends "“ either on the ground or in making policy. Without happy and healthy young people, a nation can not heal "“ this film will ring alarm bells about the lack of support available to children in countries devastated by war and, we hope, instigate policy change and the deployment of aid.
We'd be really grateful if you can make a contribution to help.
Through private sponsors, foundations and crowd funding we have to date raised just over £35,000.
DTVs crazy bike ride effort to raise funds:
Peter Muffett (MD) and Richard Hill (MD of DTV Optimise) are cycling from London to Edinburgh... in just four days. They're crazy. It's about 110 miles per day. 10-11 hours in the saddle. Four days in a row.
They're putting themselves through this immensely painful challenge in the hope it will inspire you to want to help. We need more funding to get Between Two Mountains finished, so the stories of these amazing young people can reach the world as soon as possible.
To thank you for your support, the first 440 donors (one for each excruciating mile) will automatically get an invite to the private screening of Between Two Mountains, and your own copy of the film.
Working at DTV, we're lucky to meet loads of amazing people. And two of them are Sophia and Georgia "“ sisters, great people, and brave film-makers.
To make their film, Between Two Mountains, they are following the lives of five teenagers as they struggle to overcome the legacy of war in Bosnia.
The film doesn't flinch from tackling what happened in the conflict, but it does so with sensitivity and strength: the horror of discovering you were conceived through rape; the post traumatic stress that spreads through families; the relationships between children and parents who were found guilty of genocide; the power of forgiveness; and above all, the strength, resilience and inspiration of humanity.
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