Event Title

In the Name of the Son & Neither Here Nor There

Presenter Information

Bosnia Memory Project

Location

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

Website

http://www.refugeefilms.org/index.html

Description

St. Louis premiere screenings of two Bosnia-related films followed by a Q & A with the directors. In English.

Background

War and genocide in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s revived enduring questions about human responses in times of crisis. Those on the outside watched passively as multi-ethnic communities were violently torn apart. While ordinary Bosnians suffered and died for months that turned to years, opportunities to effectively intervene were squandered by avoidance, evasion, and moral equivalency between aggressors and victims.

Those caught in war zones in Bosnia-Herzegovina faced life and death choices in circumstances over which they had little or no control. Many made the painful decision to seek status as refugees in other countries as the "ethnic cleansing" of their homeland continued unabated for three and a half years. Tens of thousands lost their lives, and more than two million Bosnians -- nearly half the total population -- became refugees.

St. Louis, Missouri, is today home to more than 50,000 people from all parts of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The film screenings are part of a series of programs sponsored by Fontbonne University and the exhibit consortium for Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide now on display in the Board Room of the Fontbonne University Library. This exhibit will be open for viewing before and after the events on Saturday and Sunday.

$10.00 admission at the door.

Additional Notes

In the Name of the Son (26 minutes)
American Film Institute, 2007

Director Harun Mehmedinovic follows Tarik, a refugee from Bosnia living in the United States, who is forced to confront an episode from his past that unlocks the story of his own survival during the war. The twenty-five minute production is based on Mehmedinovic's experiences under siege in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo.

The award-winning In the Name of the Son has been an official selection at numerous film festivals throughout the world and has garnered critical praise as an authentic statement on the paradoxes and contradictions of the Bosnian war.

Neither Here Nor There (58 minutes)
Refugee Films, 2009

A personal journey of the aftermath of the Bosnian War with interwoven stories of the Selimovic family from Srebrenica, Bosnia who resettled in Columbia, Missouri after the fall of the former UN "safe area". Ten years later, the family re-visits the July 1995 massacre of more than 8,000 Bosnians, considered the worst single act of genocide in Europe since the end of the Second World War. Neither Here Nor There traces the complexities of starting over in a new place when ties to the past remain unbreakable.

Event Type

Film

Start Date

31-1-2009 7:00 PM

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Jan 31st, 7:00 PM

In the Name of the Son & Neither Here Nor There

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

St. Louis premiere screenings of two Bosnia-related films followed by a Q & A with the directors. In English.

Background

War and genocide in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s revived enduring questions about human responses in times of crisis. Those on the outside watched passively as multi-ethnic communities were violently torn apart. While ordinary Bosnians suffered and died for months that turned to years, opportunities to effectively intervene were squandered by avoidance, evasion, and moral equivalency between aggressors and victims.

Those caught in war zones in Bosnia-Herzegovina faced life and death choices in circumstances over which they had little or no control. Many made the painful decision to seek status as refugees in other countries as the "ethnic cleansing" of their homeland continued unabated for three and a half years. Tens of thousands lost their lives, and more than two million Bosnians -- nearly half the total population -- became refugees.

St. Louis, Missouri, is today home to more than 50,000 people from all parts of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The film screenings are part of a series of programs sponsored by Fontbonne University and the exhibit consortium for Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide now on display in the Board Room of the Fontbonne University Library. This exhibit will be open for viewing before and after the events on Saturday and Sunday.

$10.00 admission at the door.

https://griffinshare.fontbonne.edu/bosnia/2009/2009/1