On the 22nd of November, the Yugoslavia Tribunal pronounces its judgement in the Mladić-case. On the eve of the verdict, we screen the award winning documentary The Siege. This film masterfully captures the daily experiences of the residents of Sarajevo during the siege of their city. After the film, we talk with the director and war correspondent Rémy Ourdan, with co-director Patrick Chauvel and with Sarajevan co-executive producer Adnan Pavlovic.
Former commander Ratko Mladić is accused, among others, of establishing and carrying out a campaign of terror against the civilian population of Sarajevo during the siege. The siege of Sarajevo, lasting from 1992 to 1996, was the longest siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare. Utilising rarely seen archive footage, poignant interviews and astounding photography, The Seige presents a multi-layered and personal account of a vertiginous descent into war. As the city’s residents recall memories of everyday life under the blockade, history interweaves with personal testimony to create a humanising portrait of battle and resistance. For Sarajevans, their resistance was as much political, intellectual and artistic as it was military.
About the speakers
- Rémy Ourdan. Author and co-director of the film The Siege (2016). Rémy is a journalist and war correspondent for Le Monde newspaper. As a reporter, he began in 1992 in Sarajevo under siege and covered conflicts in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Rwanda, Congo, Eritrea-Ethiopia, Serbia-Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Macedonia, Israel-Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Mexico, Libya, Central African Republic. He lived in Sarajevo and Baghdad. He also covers post-war, human rights and international criminal justice issues, and is working on international jihad. Remy Ourdan is the president of the WARM Foundation for Contemporary Conflicts, located in Sarajevo.
- Adnan Pavlovic. Co-executive director of the film The Siege. Adnan was born in 1983 in Sarajevo, where he spent his entire life. He graduated at Faculty of Economics, University of Sarajevo. He worked as a creative director in an advertising agency, and then as Head of marketing/content producer at SCCA / pro.ba production. Working on various film projects, he grew up inside oncoming wave of young producers in Bosnia & Herzegovina. During the making of ‘The Siege’, a documentary film by Rémy Ourdan, he started his cooperation with the WARM Foundation. He is the head of the “Ex-Yu War Archives” WARM project.
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UPDATE 17 NOVEMBER
Due to the high interest we organised an extra screening on Wednesday the 22nd of November.