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The eighteenth annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF), being held both in-person and virtually this year, is excited to announce the lineup for its 2022 edition. We are excited to bring BHFF back this year in-person and we look forward to seeing you all from Wednesday, April 20th through Sunday, April 24th at the SVA Theatre in New York City. From a large number of films submitted to BHFF for consideration a total of 10 films were selected into the festival's final program with an additional 4 films being shown on an online platform only.

The eighteenth annual BHFF will consist of four narrative feature films, three narrative shorts, and four documentary films. Ten films selected to screen at the 18th annual BHFF are eligible to win the BHFF Jury Awards for Best Documentary Film, Best Short or Animated Narrative Film, Best Feature Narrative Film, Best Acting Performance, and the Jury Special Mention, as well as the BHFF Audience Award for Best Picture. 

As programmers of BHFF, we are delighted that the festival is returning to an in-person format. We have missed seeing our audience and guests in the movie theater and sharing the unique spirit of the festival. This year's slate yet again shows that Bosnian cinema is as vibrant as ever. Moreover, the films in the program that deal with war experiences and war trauma are a poignant reminder that it is our collective moral duty to stand in solidarity with the victims of war anywhere, always” said BHFF programming co-directors Dijana Jelača and Amir Husak.

BHFF PROGRAM 2022

SVA Presentation 1
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 - 7:30PM

2021 | Chris Leslie | 7 min

Short Documentary

An empty city. A population in hiding. An invisible enemy who surrounds you. Everywhere is the front line. A testimony of fear, survival, hope.

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Followed by Q&A with filmmaker

Chris Leslie

Deset u pola

2021 | Danis Tanovic | 90 min

Feature Narrative

Sarajevo, May 2021. The Old Town is trying to recover after a long and difficult pandemic year. The pandemic is not over yet, but – the summer is coming, there is hope that things can improve, even if only for a short time. When a woman from Zagreb enters Enis's shop one morning and says that she has come to eat ”the best kebabs in Sarajevo” he sends her to Izo's shop, so that Izo can also afford the traditional pleasure of the first morning coffee after the first customer service. This totally harmless, friendly gesture will cause the complete disintegration of the neighbors' business and private life, engulfing not only Izo and Enis but the whole city. Where can one eat the best kebabs in Sarajevo?    

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SVA Presentation 2

Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 7:30PM

Tabija

2021 | Igor Drljača | 88 min

Feature Narrative

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Followed by Q&A with filmmaker 

Igor Drljača

In a rundown Sarajevo suburb, Faruk is an orphan who lives with his ill grandmother and spends his days foraging for scrap metal and dabbling in petty crime. One day he meets Mona, a timid teen from a politically powerful and affluent family. As Mona dreams of escaping the overbearing toxicity of her home life, she seeks refuge and opens herself up to Faruk, a boy from a world entirely different than her own.

SVA Presentation 3
Friday, April 22, 2022 - 6:00PM

Sava

2021 | Matthew Somerville | 74 min

Feature length documentary

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Mira Furlan plays the ethereal voice of Sava. Once the longest river in Yugoslavia she converses with her people who share memories, dreams and visions of the future on a 990km odyssey downstream. Sava is a witness to human history; a conduit between East and West, the dividing line of great empires and a common thread between nations. Today she flows along borders through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. As her final words ring out, Sava sings.

Followed by Q&A with filmmaker

Matthew Somerville

SVA Presentation 4
Friday, April 22, 2022 - 8:30PM

Koncentriši se baba

2020 | Pjer Žalica | 92 min

Narrative Feature

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Followed by Q&A with filmmaker

Pjer Žalica

April 1992. Members of a large family strewn around the former Yugoslavia gather around the death bed of their elderly matriarch. She is not well, but the forecast of a family doctor that her death is a matter of minutes away proves incorrect, so the waiting stretches out for days. Relatives start bickering, playing tricks and arguing over the inheritance to be left by the old woman, especially over her large family house in Sarajevo. Despite her deteriorating health, Grandma happily joins the fray. It appears as if that might be what is keeping her alive. Family feuds and intrigues directed against one of the sisters are more important to the family than the clear, terrifying signs of an approaching cataclysm. When the scheming is finally revealed, it is too late. A war has begun in Sarajevo.

SVA Presentation 5
Saturday, April 23, 2022 - 2:00PM

Bjelko

2021 | Almir Zoletić | 27 min

Short Documentary

Mevlo Alić, from the village Vozuća in Bosnia & Herzegowina, is left to live alone in an old and wrecked house after his parents' deaths. For a living, Mevlo does sheep breeding which gradually becomes less of a job, and more of a loving community that has provided him with true life happiness and a sense of family belonging. The sense of loneliness in a human awakens the need to belong somewhere even if that community doesn't consist of people.

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2021 | Kumjana NovakovaGuillermo Carreras-Candi | 72 min

Feature length documentary

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Followed by Q&A with filmmaker

Kumjana Novakova

A space in silence, where past has captured present. Taking over, layer by layer, the collective pain enters the landscape, the space, the city. Eventually, it enters us. Srebrenica becomes a reality of today, and our own reality.

SVA Presentation 6
Saturday, April 23, 2022 - 4:45PM

More uz rijeku i rijeka uz more

2021 | Sovran Nrecaj | 28 min

Short Narrative

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2021 | Bafl Sarhang, Ismar Vejzovic |

19 min

Short Narrative

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Lume as a wife and mother, is left alone in two different period times, for different existential reasons. She hates the war, but she is forced to fight.

Radio Freedom is a story of a ham radio operator trapped alone in a besieged city. He finds refuge in an improvised radio station where he reports war and helps his fellow citizens connect with their loved ones outside the city. 

Kako se sad zove ova država?

2018 | Joseph Pierson | 37 min

Short Narrative

"What’s This Country Called Now?" is based on the experiences of Aida Cerkez, a Bosnian woman who worked as a reporter throughout the Siege of Sarajevo. She spent four years enduring incessant bombing and sniper fire, and sharing Sarajevo’s story with the world.

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Followed by Q&A with filmmaker

Joseph Pierson and Aida Cerkez

SPECIAL PRESENTATION 
Saturday, April 23, 2022 - 8:00PM

BHFF 2022 GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS - ANNOUNCEMENT CEREMONY

QUO VADIS, AIDA?

2020 | Jasmila Žbanić | 101 min

Narrative Feature

Bosnia, July 1995. Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. As an insider to the negotiations Aida has access to crucial information that she needs to interpret. What is at the horizon for her family and people - rescue or death? Which move should she take?

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Followed by Q&A with filmmaker

Jasmila Žbanić