All screenings are free and open to the public. Seating is limited to 300 people. All films are shown with English subtitles. The program is subject to change.
Friday, April 12 2013
Loyola University Chicago
6339 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660
Documentary. Director: Danis Tanovic. 2011. 26 minutes
Being away for many years, Amir returns to Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to take custody of his parent’s remains. They were murdered during the war but their bodies had not yet been recovered. On his trip, Amir also decides to visit the place of his birth. There, besides a ruined house, he finds a forgotten friend and those who know more about him than he knows about himself.
Feature. Director: Arsen A. Ostojic. 2012. 105 minutes.
Saturday, April 13 2013
Documentary. Director: Alen Drljevic. 2007. 26 minutes.
In 1995, during official negotiations inside a UN protected area in Zepa, the Bosnian Serb Army abducted Colonel Avdo Palic, the Bosnia and Herzegovina Army negotiator. As of then, begins the long search by his wife, Esma, for her missing husband.
Documentary. Director: Haris Bilajbegovic. 2010. 11 minutes.
Based on true events, this short film covers the story of a father forced to leave behind his son at a bridge never to see him again. Thirteen young men lost their lives on that ominous day.
Documentary. Director: Haris Bilajbegovic. 2012. 42 minutes.
“The Witness” is a visually powerful interpretation and dramatization of Raif Begic’s experience during the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It is a film about the bravery of a survivor who is not afraid to tell his story as a key witness at the Hague Tribunal as well as at the Superior Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina against soldiers of the Army of Republika Srpska, later found guilty of war crimes.
A CELL PHONE MOVIE
Documentary. Director: Nedzad Begovic. 2011. 60 minutes.
A spontaneous, entertaining, and emotional ‘spy story’ of the director's daily routine. The author is searching for fields of artistic freedom within the limits of a cell phone. He, in fact, uses the ‘voice record’ option saving his daily telephone conversations. The idea is that the film is realized as expressly minimalistic, in elementary form, without regard to rules of classic film expression.
MIRZA DELIBASIC - BASKETBALL LEGEND
Documentary. Director: Miro Benkovic, 2012. 85 minutes.
This is a story about the most successful Bosnian basketball player Mirza Delibašić. The film is an objective, but also intimate story about a man who marked the Bosnian sport scene. Besides archive footage, the film shows Mirza’s friends, people who knew him personally, and his family.
Documentary. Director: Zdenko Jurilj, 2011. 81 minutes.
An hour and a half after midnight, on May 6th 1991, the commander of the 4th Cropus of JNA general-major Milovan Zorc received a secret dispatch from the supreme command in Belgrade (Serbia), where he was ordered to move a part of the 10th Armoured mechanized brigade from Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and join it to the rest of the tank units in Sinj (Croatia). A long tank column, equipped with the battle shells and the soldiers draftees, who got the rifles and guns with live ammunition for the first time while being in the military service, set off in the early morning on May 7th 1991 from Mostar towards Sinj. 15 kilometers away from Mostar, the tank column came across the kilometers long barricade formed out of civilians and heavy trucks and passenger cars. While the verbal conflicts were lasting, passing over in the commanding chain of JNA the information came to the frightened soldiers in the tanks, composed out of all of the nations from the territory of former Yugoslavia, who didn’t even know where and why they were actually heading with the live ammunition, that they would have to use the firearms for the first time. The films enters the innermost feelings of the people in the bureaucratic offices, enters the souls of the commanders, soldiers, civilians! Through the feature film scenes, authentic takes, statements, radio and newspaper reports, the film “3 Days,” shows the chaos, the suspense, the fears that dominated among the people from both sides of the barricades on the eve of the beginning of Yugoslavia’s falling apart.
SOME OTHER WORLD*
Documentary. Director: Mustafa Hadziibrahimovic & Naida Ribic, 2012. 59 minutes.
Is a documentary film conceived as an intimate portrayal of the Turkish Halilbeyli village and its residents. Halilbeyli is approximately 40 kilometers from the Turkish coastal city of Izmir. Besides the Turkish language, the majority of the 2,300 people living in the village also speak an old variant of the Bosnian language. Hallibeyli was founded by Bosniaks, predominantly from the Herzegovina region, who moved to the area during the 19th century. To this day, the descendants of these settlers maintained their language, culture, and customs. They represent a time which has disappeared, or is slowly fading away. The movie depicts an authentic picture of the life of Turkish citizens whose roots are mainly in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
*The film is followed by a discussion with its directors, Mustafa Hadziibrahimovic & Naida Ribic.
CHILDREN OF SARAJEVO
Feature. Director: Aida Begic, 2012. 82 minutes.
Rahima (23) and Nedim (14) are orphans of the Bosnian war. They live in Sarajevo, a transitional society that has lost its moral compass, including the way it treats orphans whose parents were killed fighting for the freedom of their city. After her crime-prone adolescent years, Rahima has found comfort in Islam and she hopes her brother will follow in her footsteps. Their life of bare survival becomes even more difficult after Nedim gets into a fistfight with the son of a local strongman and breaks his expensive mobile phone. This incident triggers a chain of events leading Rahima to the discovery that her brother leads a double life.