Mila Turajlić Selected as 2021 TED Fellow

Filmmaker Mila Turajlić has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of twenty remarkable individuals who are collaborating across disciplines to spark positive change around the world. Turajlić was selected for her work on the reactivation of film archives with the goal of bringing forgotten but vital political experiences back to public memory.

Mila Turajlić’s critically-acclaimed documentary films have become known for the way they have inscribed themselves into the political dialogue surrounding the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. Her work explores the power of cinema in creating political imaginaries, inviting reflections on the intersection of personal and national memories, always seeking to reactivate forgotten histories, through forms ranging from lecture performances and video art to analytical essays.

During her TED Fellowship Mila will be sharing her work on a trove of archival materials of liberation movements in Africa during the 1960s and 1970s which were created as ciné-collaborations between Yugoslavia and countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.

“We’re incredibly proud to introduce the newest cohort of TED Fellows,” said program director Shoham Arad, “The TED Fellows Program has never felt more relevant and more necessary. And for me personally, I’ve never felt more grateful to be part of an organization that’s specifically dedicated to finding the people doing the good work in the world and supporting them in their mission.”

Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program now has 512 Fellows from 100 countries. In its twelve-year history, the TED Fellows program has built a powerful, far-reaching network made up of scientists, doctors, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists and interdisciplinary collaborators

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