In this special screening and panel discussion, BHFF will show Branko Ištvančić’s documentary essay Album, followed by a round table discussion about some of the most burning issues concerning regional film industry today. Some of the topics to be addressed include the role of post-conflict cinema in coming to terms with the trauma of war, the dynamics of regional co-productions, as well as how the current social and economic precarity, ushered in by neoliberalism, impacts both film production and the themes that regional films address. Panelists include distinguished actress Mirjana Karanović, photographer Ron Haviv, curator Ana Janevski, as well as film and media scholars Aleksandar Bošković, Amir Husak and Dijana Jelača. 

Event Time:


 April 12, 2017 | 6:15 PM 

 Anthology Film Archives 

* free admission with purchase of any ticket from BHFF Competition Program, or with purchase of Festival Pass. Must RSPV due to limited seating.


Dijana Jelača

Dijana Jelača teaches in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. She holds a PhD in Communication and Film Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her areas of inquiry include transnational and feminist film studies, critical ethnic studies, trauma and memory studies, and South Slavic film cultures. Jelača is the author of Dislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema (2016), and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (2017). She is one of the programmers of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian film festival.

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Amir Husak

Amir Husak is a filmmaker and multimedia artist based in Brooklyn, NY.  Since 2005, Amir has worked across a variety of time-based and interactive media, and also recorded and performed as a musician. His works have been shown at such diverse places as Sundance Film Festival (US), Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Stadtmuseum Graz (Austria), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (US), TV Cultura (Brazil), South by Southwest (US), and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (US). He currently teaches as part-time faculty in the Film and Media Studies department at The New School for Public Engagement in New York City.

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Ron Haviv

An Emmy-nominated, award-winning photojournalist, Ron Haviv is co-founder of the agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.

In the last three decades, Haviv has covered more than 25 conflicts and worked in over 100 countries. He has published four critically acclaimed collections of photography, and his work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries internationally, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Haviv has produced an unflinching record of the injustices of war and his photography has had singular impact. His work in the Balkans, which spanned over a decade, was used as evidence to indict and convict war criminals at the international tribunal at The Hague. 

Aleksandar Bošković

Aleksandar Bošković is a Lecturer in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University, where he teaches courses on the intersection of literature and visual culture in Slavic avant-gardes as well as on Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav cinema and literature. He has published essays on issues of digital mnemonics, Yugonostalgia and cultural memory, avant-garde photobooks, Serbian poetry and post-Yugoslav fiction, Küntstlerroman, and the theory of possible worlds. He is currently working on several projects, including the anthology of Yugoslav modernism and the book manuscript, Slavic Avant-Garde Cinepoetry, a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exploration of photopoetry and bioscopic books within Slavic avant-gardes.

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photo courtesy of Ron Haviv/VI Agency

Mirjana Karanović

Mirjana Karanović is a Serbian actress known for important roles in many former Yugoslav films. She made her screen debut in 1980, and achieved international fame with the role of Senija in "When Father Was Away on Business" (1985 Cannes Film Festival Golden Palm winner and Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film). For her performance as Esma in "Grbavica" (2006 Golden Bear Award for Best Film at the Berlinale), Karanović won awards at multiple festivals and a nomination for the European Film Academy Award 2006.

In 2008 she won the Winning Freedom Award, presented to a woman whose work promotes and affirms the principles of human rights, rule of law, democracy and tolerance in society.

Ana Janevski

Ana Janevski is Associate Curator in the Department of Media and Performance Art at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, where she has been in charge of the Performance Program since 2011. She is the editor of a MoMA Dance Series book on Boris Charmatz. Before joining MoMA, Janevksi was Curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland. where she curated, among many other projects, the large-scale exhibition As Soon As I Open My Eyes I See a Film, on the topic of Yugoslav experimental film and art from the 1960s and 1970s. She also edited a book with the same title. In 2010 she co-curated the first extensive show about experimental film in Yugoslavia, This Is All Film! Experimental Film in Yugoslavia 1951–1991, at the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana.

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Original Title: Album
Year: 2011, digitally remastered in 2016
Length: 52 minutes
Language: Bosnian, Croatian
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia
Film Category: Feature Documentary

Cast & Credits

Director: Branko Ištvančić
Screenwriter: Branko Ištvančić, Miroslav Kirin
Producer: Nenad Puhovski
Editor: Branko Ištvančić
Director of Photography: Bojana Burnac, Branko Ištvančić
Sound Designer: Pere Ištvanić
Produced by: Factum

Film Synopsis:

Miroslav Kirin tries to put his life back together after the wars of the 1990s. Along his journey he comes across photos of the Serbian family that occupied his family home, and comes to view their experiences and lives as part of his own family’s album. Shot in part on a Super 8 camera, Album is innovative in its storytelling, employing unique aesthetic techniques to weave its narrative. The film examines the Bosnian and Croatian wars on a human level, examining the costs of the conflict in terms of the personal photographs that have been destroyed and those that remain.

Director's Biography

Branko Ištvančić was born in 1967 into a Croatian minority family in Subotica (north of the today's Vojvodina in Serbia). He earned a degree in film and TV direction in 1999 at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb (Croatia). He has continuously been involved with documentary films and has received Croatian as well as international awards for his work, the Grand Prix at the Croatian Short and Documentary Film Festival, "Oktavijan" for the best Croatian documentary, and "Zlatna Uljanica" Golden Oil-lamp award being among them. 

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Branko Ištvančić: branko.istvancic@gmail.com




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