The 9th Annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival

Photo Credit: BHFF

This Thursday, May 3, 2012, marks the kick-off of the 9th Annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian FIlm Festival (BHFF) held at Tribeca Cinemas.  This three day festival will premier films that showcase the diversity of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian experience and culture.

Spokesperson for BHFF, Amra Turalic, states, “It’s been 20 years since the aggression in Bosnia and Herzegovina disrupted so many innocent lives.  More than 100,000 children, women, men and older people died and more than 2 million people were forced to leave their homes.  Two decades later, the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York continues to tell the story of Bosnia and Herzegovina and celebrate the achievements of its emerging and award-winning filmmakers.  It is a rich and powerful body of work and we are extremely honored to showcase it.”

I had the opportunity to see one of the films being shown, Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut, “In the Land of Blood and Honey”.  It tells the story of Ajla, a Bosnian Muslim woman, and Danijel, a Serbian police officer, who meet in Sarajevo, Bosnia, just before the siege starts.  Through these characters, the story examines the bigger picture, looking at the conflict that was responsible for killing over 100,000 innocent people.

It was without a doubt the hardest film I’d ever sat through in my life, yet I couldn’t take my eyes off the emotionally wrenching drama that was playing on the screen.  The film portrayed a graphic and shocking exposure of the ethnic cleansing, leaving the audience to marvel that these horrible things only happened two decades ago.  Heartbreaking as it is, I think it’s important for people to see…it’s a piece of our history that isn’t talked about enough.

In an interview with ABC News, Jolie talked about her inspiration for writing and directing the film, saying, “I’d traveled for years and I’d seen so many people post-conflict and I wanted to understand what happened to them and how human beings are just pushed to their limits and how they’re changed and effected by war.  And then I started to look in into this particular conflict because I’d been there and I visited and I was just so taken by it.  The truth is, (the film is) a love story that would have been.  It shows the love between mother and child, between man and woman, between brothers, fathers and sons, and it’s what war does to those relationships.”

“In the Land of Blood and Honey” will be showing alongside many other fabulous Bosnian-Herzegovinian films at the festival.  Three prestigious awards will be given to the most outstanding films screened, which will be selected by the BHFF 2012 Jury.  There will also be a filmmaker Q&A after select screenings to provide viewers with more context.

For a schedule of films to be shown and to purchase tickets, please visit the BHFF’s website.

Angelina Jolie on the set of "In the Land of Blood and Honey" (Photo Credit: www.studio360.org)

 
WHAT: Bosnian-Herzogivinain Film Festival
 
WHERE: Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street
New York, New York  10013
212.941.2001
 
WHEN: May 3-5, 2012

By: Jessica Tiare Bowen

 



9 Responses to “The 9th Annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival”

  1. It’s so nice to know that celebs are doing their part to give back to the community what the community has given them. It’s good to know that they’re stepping up and raising awareness using the talent in the field that they excel in. Though, yes, Angelina Jolie has been known to be a philantropist, finally making her directorial debut with this film is fantastic. The power of film to move people is immeasurable. I wish there was some way for me to catch this film…. Hey Jessica, if you happen to know of how I could do so (I can’t make it to the festival), hope you could drop by a comment! i’ll be really grateful! Thanks!

    • Used York City says:

      It’s actually available on DVD now, so you can either rent it from a store, or via Netflix. Would ABSOLUTELY recommend this one!

  2. Carly says:

    I never realized that Jolie was directing these days too, I used to dislike her but I am warming to her
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    • Used York City says:

      She did a fabulous job with this film, definitely check it out if you get the chance!;-)

  3. Normala says:

    Film je srednja žalost, Romeo i Julija na ratni bosanski način. Uz loš scenario (u kojem se pokušava reć da je samo jedna strana bila loša a drugi jadni u ilegali organizuju pravi pokret otpora, mislim ko samo malo zagrebe po površini istorije BiH shvatiće da su sve tri strane imale dobe i loše ljude), malo je reći loše kostime (mislim stvarno ljudi su obučeni u sve moguće kombinacije od JNA do sadašnjih uniformi vojske Srbije, čak u jednom momentu na glavnom glumcu vidimo i kombinaciju jer na epoletama nosi žute petokrake koje su nosili JNA oficiri a na glavi oznaku VRS), loš akcenat glavnog glumca (mislim frajer zvuči kao rumunski turist koji četvrtu godinu za redom dolazi na Jadran pa je malo naučio jezik), možemo konstatovati da su tek sporedni glumci možda bili na nivou i to ne svi, nego tek pojedinci kao što su Branko Đurić i Nikola Đuričko, sve u svemu pravi kandidat za malinu.

    • Used York City says:

      Hvala na misljenju, Normala! Uvijek je dobro kada clanci pokrenu raz govor. Koji je vas omiljeni film?

      • Normala says:

        Teško mi je da odaberem jedan film pa ću pomenuti nekoliko.
        Kada bih birao koji je moj omiljeni bosanski film onda bih odabrao ”Nebo iznad krajolika”, film koji u svakom slučaju zaslužuje veću pažnju.
        Naravno to je i odličan flm ”Nafaka” Jasmina Durakovića koji treba pogledati.
        Najjači utisak na mene u skorije vrijeme ostavio je film ”Neprijatelj” Dejana Zečevića koji na jedan interesantan način govori o sukobu u BiH. Odlična priča koja nosi snažnu poruku i naravno glumci koji su to donijeli za Oskara. Tihomir Stanić je odlično odglumio lik Dabe kako se on sam nazvao iako ga drugi zovu đavolom, demonom ili šejtanom. Ukratko Stanić je to odradio kao Anthony Hopkins. Ukratko film nikog ne ostavlja ravnodušnim.
        Na temu sukoba u BiH pažnje je vrijedan i film ”Savior” u režiji Predraga Antonijevića.
        I tako tu je mnogo filmova koje volim i preporučim drugima kao što su film ”Jeli jasno prijatelju?” u režiji Dejana Aćimovića koji je i pisac scenaria (kada bi me neko natjerao da odaberam jedan najbolji film to bi bio ovaj). Svakako od novih ostvarenja tu su filmovi ”Parada” i ”Montevideo bog te video”
        i odoh ja daleko od obale neka me neko zaustavi ali šta bih kada volim filmove :)

  4. Oh gosh — I wish we could go to this! Please let me know if you have any other films from this that you recommend. So glad to see attention being paid to this part of the world. Thanks for posting this!
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    • Used York City says:

      Hey Ellen! I absolutely will keep you updated on the films that we enjoyed best!:-)