What happens to you when you live in a society riven by civil war, when you’re forced to entertain the inconceivable thought that your neighbours are out to kill you?
Winner of the IDFA Special Jury Award 2015
Hatidza, one of the mothers of Srebrenica, sums up this sense of disillusionment: “Because of what happened in World War II, we thought people must have been uncivilized back then. We thought civilization had progressed and that we understood each other now.” And the disillusionment was followed by fear.
Survivors of the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide talk about the events leading up to the mass murder of 8,372 Bosnian men. When women and children were carried off in buses, and along the way witnessed “their” men, half-naked on a soccer field. One of the girls, 13-year-old Zinahida, thought they were being driven to their deaths while the men played soccer.
The Fog of Srebrenica presents interviews that are structured in chapters, each of which handles a new phase of this atrocity: the chaos and desperation, the starvation, the severely weakened Bosnian militias marching through the woods – a hellish ordeal that few survived. The sometimes-shocking images of the past drag up the horrors of a nightmare that just won’t end. Following the screening Director Samir Mehanovic will be in conversation with broadcaster, barrister and writer, Hashi Mohamed.
In partnership with Remembering Srebrenica
Remembering Srebrenica aims to teach current and future generations about the consequences of hatred and intolerance in UK communities through learning the lessons of Srebrenica. The charity is delighted to be working in partnership with acclaimed director Samir Mehanovic in order to raise awareness of this appalling genocide that took place 21 years ago.