Please join the Harriman Institute and the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) for a screening of the film Children of Peace followed by a discussion with director Emir Kapetanovic and producer Zana Marjanovic. Author and film scholar Dijana Jelača will serve as discussant.
The Bosnian War was an international armed conflict that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. The most recent estimates suggest that around 100,000 people were killed during the war, 12,000 of them children. In addition, an estimated 20,000 to 50,000 women were raped, and over 2.2 million people were displaced, making it the most devastating conflict in Europe since the end of World War II. The war was brought to an end after the signing of the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina in Paris on 14 December 1995. Now the country is more divided than at any time since the war ended. The new generations, born in peace, are growing divided. This is the story about them—about the day when six young people from six divided cities met and decided to do a performance about their shared thoughts and beliefs.
Emir Kapetanovic, filmmaker and theatre director from Sarajevo, is the director of the film Children of Peace about Bosnian youth. Emir and his wife, Zana Marjanovic (who was the star of Angelina Jolie’s film In the Land of Blood and Honey) produced the film and also ran (and continue to run) art/theatre workshops for young Bosnians and children. They are also the key talent and the brain behind the immensely popular Magacin Kabaret in Sarajevo, which is politically engaged, artistically imaginative and immensely funny at the same time.
Dijana Jelača is an author and film scholar. She is an Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn College and also serves as the Director of Programming for the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival.
The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) is an exciting showcase for contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian cinematography, and films with Bosnia and Herzegovina as their theme. Each year, BHFF brings a colorful tableau of Bosnian and Herzegovinian stories to diverse New York City audiences. Over the years it has grown from a simple film revue event to a New York City institution; its audience includes people with Bosnian heritage, people from other Balkan expatriate communities, as well as a wide cross-section of all New Yorkers who cherish international and independent film productions.