The 24th Sarajevo Film Festival
Nonfiction makes up about a third of the more than 100 features of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s premier festival, an event founded during the siege of Sarajevo.
The fest’s Documentary Competition includes: Árpád Bogdán’s GHETTO BALBOA
, which follows the boxing protege of a former Budapest mafioso; Petko Gyulchev’s KALIN AND THE JAIL TEAM
, about one man’s mission to make a difference in a Bulgarian prison; Nebojša Slijepčević’s SRBENKA
, in which a theatre company explores the long-ago execution of a Serbian girl; Mladen Kovačević’s 4 YEARS IN 10 MINUTES
, which explores the writing and filmed footage of the first Serbian to summit Mt Everest; and László Csuja’s NINE MONTH WAR
, about a young Hungarian man who is drafted into the Ukrainian Army.
CHILDREN OF THE ENEMY
The event’s BH Film strand focuses on work by national filmmakers or about the country, including: Samir Mehanović’s THROUGH OUR EYES
, a personal reflection on the Bosnian War and its parallel to the plight of Syrian refugees; Muhammed İbrahim Şişman’s PICK ONE SYMBOL
, which focuses on a rehabilitation center for victims of sexual assault during war; Rens Oomens’ HOPE CAN BE HARD
, a portrait of a Yugoslavian-born artist still haunted by the war; Wijnand Slurink’s IN SEARCH OF BETTER DAYS
, on the exodus of the younger generation from Bosnia; and Andras S Takacs and Eszter Cseke’s CHILDREN OF THE ENEMY
, in which two women reflect on the trauma they suffered during the siege.