Tag Archives: Bosnian
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 in the way it treats children of the people who were killed fighting for the freedom of their city.
Savrseni krug / The Perfect Circle (1997) Ademir Kenovic, Mustafa Nadarevic, Almedin Leleta, Almir Podgorica, Drama, War
An alcoholic Bosnian poet sends his wife and daughter away from Sarajevo so they can avoid the troubles there. However, he is soon descended upon by a pair of orphaned brothers. The brothers have escaped a massacre in their own village and have come to the Bosnian capital in search of a long lost Aunt. The poet befriends the boys and together they try to survive the horror of the siege of Sarajevo.
Grbavica / Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams (2006) Jasmila Zbanic, Mirjana Karanovic, Luna Zimic Mijovic, Leon Lucev, Drama
Set against the backdrop of a former Yugoslavia of the nineteen-nineties, this is a single mother’s anguish of how one must deal with truths and how to cope with a war’s terrible past. With a twelve year old daughter to bring-up, both mother and child come head-to-head when a school trip is in the air and complications and rude awakenings arise from the ashes’ of the cold and callous days of conflict, xenophobia and its secrets.
At the top of the rugged Bosnian mountain, young shepherd Mehmed patiently watches over his cows and lovingly carves the figure of a woman in a piece of wood. Almost on cue, a novice paraglider unexpectedly falls from the sky. Deborah speaks only French and he speaks only Bosnian, but they tentatively communicate, and she accepts the hospitality offered by Mehmed’s mom: a bed and a meal of “mountain-style” tripe. Love soon bridges the cultural divide, and the story develops into a series of hilarious escapades showcasing the beautiful landscape and local sounds
In the Bosnian town of Tesanj, not long after the Balkan war, land mines claim victims, corruption is rampant, women are trafficked into Serbia, but there’s a sort of peace. Zaim, the retired police chief, has alcoholic visions of his dead son Adnan, whose body’s missing. Adnan’s siblings, Faruk and Azra, watch their father’s decline. It’s announced that President Clinton will pay Tesanj a visit to see the new harmony. Whores are hidden from sight, Serbs are trucked in to integrate the neighborhood; the children’s choir learns “House of the Rising Sun.” Meanwhile, Faruk wants to sort out his brother’s death to bring some peace to his house. Can it work out? Irony is everywhere.