Sarajevo 2016: Documentary Overview

cfdb0c44d6883de8540b8e66e2e30d97_XLToday, Friday, August 12 kicks off the 22nd Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s premier cinema event. Running through Saturday, August 20, the festival presents over 100 new features, among them nearly 40 works of nonfiction.

four passportsThe Documentary Competition, focused on work from the Balkans, includes such titles as: Mladen Kovacevic’s WALL OF DEATH, AND ALL THAT, a melancholy portrait of a motorcycle stunt-riding Serbian grandmother; Berke Bas and Melis Birder’s BAGLAR, about a Kurdish basketball team; Đorđe Čenić and Hermann Peseckas’ DOWN THERE, an autobiographical look back at Yugoslavian guest workers in Austria; Siniša Vidović’s KORIDA, an exploration of Bosnian bullfights; Mihajlo Jevtic’s FOUR PASSPORTS (pictured), a personal reflection on national identity and leaving home; and Tarik Hodžić’s SCREAM FOR ME SARAJEVO, which focuses on a music concert held against the odds in the midst of the siege of the capital – the latter also the subject of out of competition title THE SIEGE, by Rémy Ourdan and Patrick Chauvel.

sarajevo-rosesAmong the other nonfiction offerings elsewhere in the program are several titles in the national cinema showcase BH Film, including: Damir Pirić’s ROCK ‘N’ WAR… OR JUST BECAUSE IT’S FRIDAY, which details the importance of the wartime music scene in Bosnia; Roger M Richards’ SARAJEVO ROSES (pictured), a two decade long portrait of Sarajevo residents before, during, and after the war; Hari Šečić’s SEARCHING FOR HOME, a portrait of a Srebrenica survivor living as a refugee in the US; and Benjamin Dizdarević’s CUT, about a man on a mission to share his love of 35mm film.


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