Internet platform Chai Khana, created with the support of MYMEDIA, received two awards at the international contest ADAMI Media Prize 2015; it won the best Internet video award and best website award.
ADAMI Media Prize targeted TV- and online materials on cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue in Eastern Europe. It received one hundred works and projects from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. Four winners were selected among all of the competitors; and each winner received a € 2,500 award.
The prize has been awarded on December 10, during gala concert at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia, with the participation of President George Margvelashvili, international diplomats, media professionals and filmmakers. Public service broadcasters in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine aired the award ceremony.
"I was inspired by the girls from Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia, with whom I work to strengthen human rights in Caucasus and tolerance in the media," said Caroline Sutcliffe, the head of Chai Khana at the awards ceremony.
In her commentary for MYMEDIA, Caroline said that ADAMI Media Prize was the first major award of the project. «Chai Khana is not even a year old, and for us, it is a great honor and at the same time, it is also a challenge. We are a young team, and we still have a lot to learn. Such competitions only motivate us to make our products even better."
The film "30 families of the village Griz" by Oktay Namazov received an award for the best Internet video. It tells the story about the inhabitants of the village, located in one of the highest peaks in Azerbaijan. The village is cut off from civilization, and during winter, it is almost impossible to get out of there due to snow drifts.
"Previously, 700 families lived there, and now, only thirty are left. They have problems, but they gave in and no longer feel these issues. This is their tragedy. These people are trying, but they still cannot support their own culture, and this is how it loses its beauty,” says the journalist about the idea of his story.
Video was shown in one of the first issues of Chai Khana; it was focused on national and religious minorities of Caucasus, and has become one of the most successful materials that got more than 1,200 hits on Youtube and more than 150 likes on Facebook.