BHFF ADDITIONAL ONLINE PROGRAM 2022
Available from April 20-24, 2022
PASSAGES BETWEEN 1980- 2021
Prolazi između 1980- 2021
2021 | Damir Avdagic | 32 min
In “Prolazi izmedju 1980-2021 (Passages between 1980-2021) Avdagic works with five people who came to Norway as child refugees in the 1990s. They perform testimonies from the period 1980–95 that chronologically trace the development of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and which stem from members of their parents’ and grandparents’ generation. During the presentation, the participants interrupt their roles and alternate between languages. They humorously look at the history they have in common and share their experiences regarding to national, political and social affiliation.
BETWEEN MOUNTAINS AND WARS
Između planina i ratova
2021 | Qali Nur, Natali Khalili Tari | 50 min
In Sarajevo, a city where Sephardic Jews sought refuge over 400 years ago, the Jewish community lives in coexistence alongside their Muslim, Catholic and Orthodox Christian neighbours. Ester Kaveson Debevec, Rifka Albahari Raus & Laura Papo Ostojić, three Sephardi-Bosnian women not only lived through the 90’s war in Bosnia but also survived the Holocaust. At the heart of the film is the women’s focal point of congregation; the Jewish community centre, situated in the only active synagogue in Bosnia & Herzegovina. Once making up 1/5th of the population in Sarajevo, the community now only exists in its hundreds. Ester, Rifka and Laura’s stories each present hope in times of utter tragedy and horror. Non Jewish neighbours and friends helped them survive the Second World War as children. Almost half a century later, the three women did their utmost to help their fellow Sarajevans survive the siege of their city regardless of one's ethnicity or faith.
As an image slowly takes shape in a chemical bath under the red light of a darkroom, the memories of Sofija (Dina Mušanović) slowly reveal themselves on the landscape of modern-day Sarajevo over the course of 4 days. Working tirelessly at a hostel, Sofija’s days are long and hard under the watchful eyes of her pregnant boss Lena (Džana Pinjo). Sofija receives an unexpected phone call at work. She must empty her estranged father’s belongings from his office by the end of the week. She is already in the process of moving apartments with her boyfriend (Davor Sabo). At this moment, Sofija is forced to begin facing her past. What follows is a domino series of events that lead Sofija from theft to alcohol, an absurd photo shoot, and ultimately a confrontation with an image of her father (Izudin Bajrović) and her repressed memories scattered across Sarajevo.