Bosnia and Herzegovina
In the spring of 1992 the government of Montenegro unlawfully expelled from its territory Bosnian & Herzegovinian refugees using the military forces of Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. A majority of these refugees were later killed. Based on a book by Seki Radoncic and shot in Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro, Alen Drljevic's documentary film endeavors to shed light on this grave act of the Montenegrin government.
Years Eaten by Lions
Author of this film has been collecting for years examples of unprofessional journalism during the war in ex-Yugoslavia territory (1991 – 1995), especially those examples speaking of war agitation, propaganda and hate speech. From June 2009 director follows, with the camera, the developments related to announced criminal charges of the Independent Society of Journalists of Serbia against the unknown persons – journalists responsible for the war agitation and propaganda at the Serbian Prosecution Office for war crimes. This is the first actual attempt to raise the issue of responsibility of journalists who were war agitators as a public issue. At the same time, from June 2009 to May 2010, the author visited people throughout the region who were in one way or another included in the war propaganda, trying to find an answer to questions: „Where are the war propaganda journalists today and what are they doing?“ i.e. „Does this question means anything nowadays in these communities“?
Ivo Andrić (1892-1975), a writer and Nobel prize winner(1961), made his last visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1974. On Tuesday, June 11, he arrived to Sarajevo, the city where he spent his high school years. And from there, having first visited Mostar and Počitelj, he left on June 18. His hometown Travnik and Višegrad, the city of early childhood, welcomed Andrić for the last time in 1972. This presents an attempt to document all of these events and to open the following question:"What did Andrić mean to us, and what does he mean to us today?"
Documentary follows three stages of one project: preparation for exhibition of photography, tracing people from some of photos and attempt to revive the individual photos, and closing of the exhibition at the end. On 29.02.2012 the exhibition by photographer Milomir Kovačević Strašni had been open in Sarajevo. It is a story about photos which were taken between April 1986 and May 1992 mostly in Sarajevo. It was the time of turbulent political and social changes, which will lead to the war and the siege of Sarajevo. People shown on the pictures are captured in moments of peace protests and events in which attempted to stop the war. Documentary represent a kind of reminiscence on time two decades ago, through photography and memories of people. Documentary also shown how the people and places from photos look today. Author follows preparation and exhibitions settings, searching for people from the photos, and capture exhibition closure.