The 20th anniversary of NATO’s intervention in Kosovo: Looking back on the Kosovo War through a film

20 years have passed since the end of the Kosovo War. This event will look back on what happened during the war through a screening of the film “Kolona” by Ujkan Hysaj – a short film about a family thrown into chaos by the war, and a lecture given by Professor Keiichi Kubo of the Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University.


Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019,  18:15-19:30  (Door Opens at 18:00)
Venue: B104, Building No. 26 (Okuma Tower), Waseda University
Language: English
Admission: For all students, faculty, staff and general public
Film: Award-winning “Kolona” by Ujkan Hysaj
(22 minutes, with English subtitles, fiction, production year 2012)


18:20-18:45 Screening of “Kolona”
18:45-19:25 Lecture by Professor Keiichi Kubo, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University
19:25-19:30 Closing remarks by the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo, Japan

Online registration is recommended.
Waseda students, faculty and staff can also register through My Waseda. Registration will close when the number of participants reaches the venue’s capacity.

Synopsis of “Kolona”

Kosovo, 1999. A family fleeing Kosovo get stopped at a Serbian checkpoint. Adem’s son and nephew are taken out of the car to be shot. Adem attempts to buy their lives but finds himself in the position of having to decide whether save his son or his nephew since he is not able to pay for the both of them.


  1. 37th Cleveland Film Festival 2013 — Best Live Action Short (Oscar Qualifier for Nomination)
  2. 3th Edition VIEWSTER Online Film Fest 2014 – Fourth Place / 5000 dollar price
  3. Dea Film Fest – Best Short Film
  4. Erasmus Media Award 2014 – Focus Country: Special Citation
  5. 28th Alpinale Short Film Festival 2013 – Price of the Jury
  6. 12th Roma Independent Film Festival 2013 — Best International Short
  7. 12th Dokufest 2013 – Audience Award
  8. 4th Shqip Film Fest 2013 – Grand Prix (Best Short Film)
  9. 4th Shqip Film Fest 2013 – Best Actor
  10. 7th River Film Festival 2013 – Special Mention of the Jury
  11. 3rd Ballkan Film Food Festival 2013 – Best Short Film
  12. 4th Cyprus International Short Film Festival 2013 – Special Mention of the Jury
  13. 4th Droit de Human Rights Film Festival 2013 – Special Price of the Jury
  14. 7th Swikoss Film Festival 2013 – Best Film
  15. 11th Monterrey Film Fest 2012 – Best International Short Fiction
  16. 28th Warsaw Film Festival 2012 – Audience Award
  17. 10th Asiana International Short Film Festival 2012 – Best International Short Award


International Office, Waseda University


Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo, Japan        @KosovoinJapan




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