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YournameandcountryDeryaDurmazTurkeyYourunionsnameandyearsinoperationScreenActorsGuildofTurkeyfoundedin1992.WhatsyourfavoritememoryofFIA2012inCanadaThehotelworkerunionsrepresentativesparticipationinourmeetingandourdecisiontosupportthem.WhatdoesFIAmeantoyourunionBeingconnectedtotheworldofactorsandfeelingtheirsupportfromallaroundtheworld.Itisalwayswithyou.TellusyourimpressionofTorontoandACTRA.TorontoisacitythatlooksAmericanandfeelsEuropeanintermsofthecontinentandculture.IthinkACTRAalsohasthatdualqualitywhichIbelieveisusefulforrepresentingactorsfromallovertheworld.HowlonghaveyoubeeninvolvedwithyourunionSince2008.WhatdoesattendingtheFIAconferencedoforyoupersonallyItmakesmefeelthatImconnectedwithmyfellowactorsandtradeunionistsfromallaroundtheworld.Havingthechancetochaironeofthesessionsandmakeapresentationwasaprivilege.Itgavemeachancetopresenthowthingsareinmycountryandtomakecomparisonswiththeexamplespresentedbycolleaguesinothercountries.YournameandcountryVladimirKamenRussiaIamaRussiannationalbutasanofficialofaregionaltradeunionassociationIrep-resentmyaffiliatedunionscomingfrom13countriesoftheCaucasusEastEuropeandCentralAsiaCEECA.YourunionsnameandyearsinoperationConsultativeCouncilofCulturalWorkersUnionsCCCWU.SetupinJanuary1992asaregionaltradeunionassociationthatsucceededtheFederationofCulturalWorkersUnionsofthedisbandedUSSR.Currentlyhas13affiliatesinArmeniaAzerbaijanBelarusGeorgiaKazakhstanKyrgyzstanLithuaniaMoldovaRussiaTajikistanTurkmenistanUkraineandUzbekistan.SevenofthemarealsoaffiliatedtoFIA.WhatsyourfavoritememoryofFIA2012inCanadaThereweremanymemorablepointsandthings.IthinkwhatstruckaveryspecialnotewasthegreetingfromtheFirstNations.ThiswasinawayofdoubleimportancetomeasaRussiannationalfirstthereisacurioussortofaffinityacrossagesanddistanceswiththesepeoplebecauseweknowthattheirancestorslivedinSiberiamanyagesagonationsrelatedtothemstilllivethereandtheirartsandcustomsaresomewhatsimilartowhatwesawintheCongresshallsecondthiskindofrespecttowardstheFirstNationsisanexampleweinRussiashouldtrytofollowintherun-uptothe2014WinterOlympicswhichverymuchlikethe2010VancouverOlympicswouldbeheldinplacesthatmeanalottoourlocalCaucasianFirstNations.WhatdoesFIAmeantoyourunionFIAaffiliatesinthepartoftheworldthatIcomefromhavelookedtoFIAasabulwarkoftradeunionsolidarity-akindoflargefamilythatmakessurethatoneshouldneverwalkalone-andatthesametimeanimportantsourceofexpertiseandknowledge.TellusyourimpressionofTorontoandACTRA.IvebeenintouchwithACTRAcloseonthirtyyearsbynowandhavealwaysbeenimpressedbyyourUnionsefficiencyinmanagingandprotectingtherightsandinterestsofitsaffiliatesandoftheperformersprofessioningeneral.IshouldaddthatIwasparticularlyimpressedthistimebythoseshortpromotionalACTRAvideosthatwereshowntotheCongressdelegates.AstoTorontoasjustabouteverynewcomertothispartofCanadaIwasgreatlyimpressedbytheNuitBlanchefestivalandbytheNiagaraFallsbutatthesametimeIcouldnothelpnoticingthatTorontoanditsenvironsseemtosharemanyofthelesspleasantbirthmarksthatlargecitiesinourpartoftheworld-suchasMoscow-bear...HowlonghaveyoubeeninvolvedwithyourunionAlmostthirtyyears-IstartedworkingforthethenCulturalWorkersUnionoftheUSSRin1983.WhatdoesattendingtheFIAconferencedoforyoupersonallyItnurturesasenseofbelonging-andfacilitatesnetworkingandexchangeofknowledgeandexperienceswithcolleaguesfromotherregionsoftheworld.YournameandcountryAgneteG.HaalandNorwayYourunionsnameandyearsinoperationNorwegianActorsEquityNSFwasfoundedin1898andisthesecondoldestactorsequityinEurope.WhatsyourfavoritememoryofFIA2012inCanadaThegreatfeelingofsolidarityexpressedandsharedbyactorsfromallovertheglobe.Ilovedthepeople.Everybodywassofriendlyandopen-minded.WhatdoesFIAmeantoyourunionItisavitalsourceofinspirationtous.ThesolidarityaspectofFIAisimportant.FIAgivesusfriendsallovertheworldwhohelpmakeourworkbettereasierandmoremeaningful.TellusyourimpressionofTorontoandACTRA.IwasveryimpressedbyACTRAsworkandthededicationoftheirmembers.AndIknowFernewillbeafantasticnewFIApresident.ThetriptotheStratfordFestivalandsee-ingElectrawasamemoryforlife.HowlonghaveyoubeeninvolvedwithyourunionIhavebeenamembersinceIstartedworkingasanactress30yearsago.Everybodymustbelongtoaunion.Wearestrongtogetherbutweakalone.WhatdoesattendingtheFIAconferencedoforyoupersonallyItgivesmefriendsforlifeAndmakesmyworkmeaningful.ACTRAmagazineWinter201325sVladimirKamenRussiaWelooktoFIAasabulwarkoftradeunionsolidarityAgneteG.HaalandWearestrongtogetherbutweakalone