Film Screening & Discussion — The Geography of Genocide in Bosnia: Redeeming the Earth

Monday, March 27, 2017
1201 International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St)

Please join us for a screening of the documentary film The Geography of Genocide in Bosnia: Redeeming the Earth, followed by a Q & A with David Pettigrew, filmmaker and professor of Philosophy and Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Southern Connecticut State University.

The Geography of Genocide in Bosnia: Redeeming the Earth, a documentary film by David Pettigrew and Jonah Quickmire Pettigrew explores the extent to which the perpetrators of the genocide in Bosnia (1992-1995) violently transformed the terrain. Natal villages were destroyed and over 1,000 Mosques and other cultural institutions were razed. In many cases, the Mosques were replaced with Serbian Orthodox Churches. Approximately 70,000 Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) were murdered. More than 500 mass graves containing the bodies of the victims have been discovered. Approximately one million Bosniaks were forced into exile. Today, this genocidal geography has imposed a dehumanizing zone of exclusion in the form of the political entity known as Republika Srpska, a zone of exclusion to which, the film suggests, a geography of justice must respond; a geography of justice that would allow the Bosniaks to live and flourish in their homes and communities once again. The documentary unfolds the experiences, and tells the stories of survivors and refugees, in their own words and through their own voices. 

David Pettigrew is a professor of Philosophy and Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Southern Connecticut State University where he has taught since 1987. Professor Pettigrew lectures and writes about the genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Professor Pettigrew is author of the essay, "The Suppression of Cultural Memory in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Prohibited Memorials and the Continuation of the Genocide," appeared in English and in Bosnian. Pettigrew has  served as a consultant for the completion of the new permanent educational exhibition at the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial Center: "Srebrenica Genocide: The Failure of the International Community". 


He will discuss the film afterwards in a Q and A with Adjunct Professor Tanya Domi of the Harriman Institute.