Film Screening & Discussion. Two Schools

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
1201 International Affairs Building (420 West 118th St, 12th floor)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Bosnia-Herzegovina Film Festival in New York City for a screening of the documentary film Two Schools, followed by a discussion with film director Srđan Šarenac and Michelle Fine, Distinguished Professor at the Gradaute Center, CUNY with moderator Dijana Jelača, Professor of film studies at Brooklyn College.

Following the war in Bosnia, the once renowned Travnik Gymnasium was divided in two: one side for Croat students, the other for Bosniak (Muslim) students. Though they share a building, there is no contact between the two ethnic groups. The principal of the Croat side organizes a football match for the students to get to know each other. Some take to socializing with the others, while others don’t. The film centers around the captains of the two football teams. Running Time is 52 minutes.

Srđan Šarenac is an award winning film director, screenwriter and producer with twenty years of experience in Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, France and Germany. He received an MFA in film directing from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, a Master’s in Audiovisual Management at Media Business School in Ronda, Spain and a postgraduate degree in screenwriting from the Binger film Lab in Amsterdam. In 2004 he directed the documentary series What is the Top List of Surrealists? In 2006 he directed the very popular comedy show Mile vs. the Transition for B92 in Serbia. In 2010 he directed and co-produced the feature length documentary Village Without Women, which premiered at the largest documentary film festival, IDFA Amsterdam. The movie was screened at eighty film festivals winning fourteen awards such as Ivica Matić Award for Best Bosnian Film in 2010 and the SCAM French Filmmakers Association Award.

Dijana Jelača teaches in the Film Department at Brooklyn College and in the Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema. Her areas of inquiry include feminist film studies, trauma and memory studies, and South Slavic film cultures. She is the author of Dislocated Screen Memory: Narrating Trauma in Post-Yugoslav Cinema (Palgrave 2016), and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Gender (Routledge, 2017), The Cultural Life of Capitalism in Yugoslavia (Palgrave, 2017) and The Future of (Post)Socialism (2018). Her work has appeared in Camera Obscura, Feminist Media StudiesJump CutSigns and elsewhere. Jelača's latest publication is a co-authored textbook Film Feminisms: A Global Introduction (Routledge, 2019). She is also a Programming Co-Director of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City.  

Michelle Fine is a Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women’s Studies and Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and founding co-director of The Public Science Project at the Graduate Center, a research collective of academics, educators, activists and community members dedicated to participatory action research rooted in social movements, designed to generate progressive policy, feed organizing campaigns, challenge academic notions of expertise, knowledge production and justice, and designed to provoke—often through a blend of science and the arts—what Maxine Greene would call “wide-awakeness.” Michelle recently authored JUST Research: Widening the Methodological Imagination in Contentious Times (Teachers College Press, 2018) and also authored the preface to the 2018 reprint of Maxine Greene’s Dialectic of Freedom. Author or co-author of more than fifteen books and over 100 articles, she has been fortunate to sit and research alongside young people for thirty years, chronicling the wounds of dispossession and also their embodied and collective forms of resistance, willful subjectivities and radical wit. Michelle lives in Montclair and has been actively involved with Montclair Cares About Schools (MCAS).

The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) is an annual event featuring contemporary Bosnian-Herzegovinian cinematography and films with Bosnia and Herzegovina as their theme. Bosnia-Herzegovina is a multiethnic, multireligious country, and the BHFF’s overarching mission is to counter the politics of exclusion through programming that brings unique Bosnian-Herzegovinian voices to current social and political debates in the U.S. and beyond.