Back from Bosnia
On to Brazil!
I have just returned from an astonishing trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina, screening We Still Live Here throughout the country in venues ranging from Muslim Madrassas to Serbian Universities (see slideshow and story below). I am now gearing up for a very exciting month to come.
First up is a screening on October 27th at the United Nations Association Film Festival at Stanford University. The festival screens groundbreaking documentaries that “will change your view of the world,” and this year’s theme is Human Dignity.
Next up will be a noontime screening on November 6th at the National Geographic Society in Washington DC as part of the All Roads Film Festival, which features “stories and talent from vibrant and diverse cultures.” Washington will be a fascinating place to be on election day; we’ll all be hoping for good news (I have already cast my absentee ballot for the good guy), and I’m looking forward to seeing many friends at the screening.
The next day, I’ll attend a screening at Ohio Wesleyan University. A week later, I fly to Brazil, to begin a ten day American Film Showcase tour (more on that below). Meanwhile, back in the USA, the National Museum of the American Indian in New York will be screening We Still Live Here twice a day for the entire Thanksgiving week. If any of your New York City friends have missed the film, this will be a great place to see it.
Ten Screenings in Bosnia and Herzegovina
One week after returning from my American Film Showcase tour in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the trip is a vibrant montage of impressions and memories—the beauty of the Vermont-like countryside and of the ancient stone cities, the bullet-ridden and shrapnel-pocked buildings sixteen years after the war ended, the Muslim cemeteries full of mostly young war dead, the radiant faces of girls and women in colorful hijabs, the delicious Bosnian coffee and pastries in cafes everywhere, the gleaming mosque domes and Orthodox crosses rising above nearly every block of Sarajevo. Most of all, I remember the hopeful and engaged faces of young people who came to the screenings of We Still Live Here
all across the country. Click Here
to read a daily blog with more pictures of the trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The tensions between Croats, Serbs, and Muslims (aka Bosniaks) in Bosnia and Herzegovina are certainly not gone, but young people from every group seem to understand what is needed to keep the peace. I think this is why the American Embassy there invited me to show We Still Live Here
. Certainly it was fascinating to know of the strong interest in Native American cultures there, and to hear the varied responses to the film. But as a documentary that tells the story of a collision of cultures, of ethnic strife and oppression, and of the revival of an indigenous culture within the context of modern life, the film was especially resonant there and sparked many surprising, intense and fascinating conversations. Again, Read More on our News Page by Clicking Here
Next American Showcase Trip ... Brazil!
Next stop, Manaus! Images of Fitzcarraldo's opera house and of the vanilla-chocolate striped Amazon river rise before me, but most of all I am really looking forward to meeting indigenous Brazilian filmmakers and to learning more about their vibrant new movement. We will be screening We Still Live Here
and giving workshops in three cities throughout the country, ending in Brasilia. This should prove to be something completely different from any of the trips I have had so far. Stay tuned for our next newsletter!