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The film “Quo vadis, Aida” will celebrate its premiere at the world-famous Venice Film Festival in early September.

According to a report by the Bosnian portal Klix.ba, the film by the well-known Bosnian-Herzegovinian director Jasmila Žbanić deals with the genocide in Srebrenica when Serbian troops conquered the city on July 11, 1995 and subsequently – in the presence of completely passive Dutch UN Soldiers – at least 8372 men and boys were killed. It is the biggest war crime on European soil after World War II.

Film in good company
Experts consider the film to be shown for the first time at the Venice Film Festival as huge Success. “It is one of the three most important film festivals in the world,” emphasizes Klix.ba. The plot of the film follows the story of Aida, who works as a translator in the Srebrenica UN protection zone. When the Serbian army conquered the city, 30,000 Srebnica citizens sought protection, including Aida’s family. She appears to be sure that the UN protects people, but she is extremely wrong.

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Srebrenica: The name of this Bosnian city now stands internationally for the worst crime in Europe after the Second World War.

Five years of work
“The fact that we were selected for the Venice Film Festival is a huge success. I am grateful to everyone, especially the families and the survivors who gave everything for this film despite all the trauma and psychological difficulties. The film festival gives us the certainty that many people will see this film and I hope that it will also lead to more empathy in the region, ”said director Žbanić.

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The famous Bosnian actor Emir Hadžihafizbegović appears in the film. Photo: Instagram

The main roles are played by Jasna Đuričić, Izudin Bajrović, Raymond Thiry, Johan Heldenbergh, Boris Isaković, Emir Hadžihafizbegović, Boris Ler, Dino Bajrović. The film was co-produced with several international companies, including Coop99 from Austria. In addition to the Bosnian-Herzegovinian public broadcaster BHRT, one could also rely on the Turkish broadcaster TRT, the German-French ARTE and the Austrian ORF as co-producers.