"Debate will change your life, I promise you." This is a quote from a film that was created at the 2009 IDEA Youth Forum in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and captures the different folds of the event through the eyes of participants. The young documentary flimmaker, Bas Voorwinde, is a Dutch debater, the Kosovar coach, the US trainer who is also teaching the International New Debaters track of the Youth Forum, and the Polish Executive Director of IDEA.
The film not only covers topics such as the debaters' motivation to attend events and the perspectives of participants about the Youth Forum, but the film also shows the impact that debate has on the lives of people who become involved with it. This impact is shown both immediately when individuals improve their debating and public speaking skills, and on a larger level when individuals become social activists and improve their surrounding societies.
To check out the 2009 IDEA Youth Forum movie, click here.
The 2010 Youth Forum will host 260 individuals that are debaters, coaches and trainers. These participants will travel from 38 different countires, which include Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana,Bulgaria,Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Laos, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, The Netherlands, Palestinian Territory, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, South Africa, Turkey, Uganda, United Kingdom, USA and Zimbabwe. For more information on the IDEA Youth Forum, click here.