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(E) Film Festval in Brooklyn - NEEDS ATTENTION
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  03/1/2002 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
(E) Film Festval in Brooklyn - NEEDS ATTENTION
 
www.bam.org 
tel: (718) 636-4100 
 
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General admission tickets to BAM Rose Cinemas are $9. Tickets are $6 for 
students (with valid I.D. Monday-Thursday, except holidays), seniors, BAM 
Cinema Club members, and children under 12. Tickets are available at the BAM 
Rose Cinemas box office, by phone at 718.777.FILM (order by "name of movie" 
option), or online at www.bam.org. A dinner and movie package on Friday and 
Saturday nights at BAMcafé is available for only $30 (at the box office 
only). For more information, call the BAMcinématek hotline at 718.636.4100 
or visit www.bam.org. 
 
  
www.bam.org 
718.636.4100 
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BAM Cinematek Presents 
 
No Man's Land: The Splintering of Yugoslavia, 
A Selection of Provocative Works about the Wars of Secession in 
Yugoslavia 
 
 
Filmmakers Jasmila Zbanic (Bosnia) and Goran Radovanovic (Serbia) at BAM for 
Q&As, Saturday, April 13 
 
 
Panel Discussion with Jasmila Zbanic, Goran Radovanovic, co-curator Howard 
Feinstein, and Thomas Keenan, director of the Bard College Human Rights 
Project, Sunday, April 14 
 
 
Brooklyn, February 25, 2002 - From April 12-14, BAMcinématek, the 
repertory film program at BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue), presents 
No Man's Land: The Splintering of Yugoslavia, a selection of provocative 
films and videos depicting the recent wars in Serbia, Kosovo, and the 
former Yugoslavian republics (especially Bosnia and Croatia). The 
Friday-through-Sunday series includes five different programs that feature 
short-format works responding to or documenting the social upheaval, 
systematic genocide, and war crimes committed in these regions. Among 
these films are early works by Danis Tanovic whose feature No Man's Land 
received a Golden Globe and was recently nominated for an Academy Award. 
No Man's Land is co-curated with Howard Feinstein, a New York based film 
critic who is also a programmer for the Sarajevo Film Festival. 
 
 
According to Feinstein, "When republics began seceding from autocrat 
Slobodan Milosevic's Yugoslavia, 'ethnic cleansing' and other horrors 
perpetrated in the name of his 'Greater Serbia' ensued. The atrocities in 
Bosnia and Croatia, recorded by war correspondents and instantly beamed 
around the world, were also captured by film and video makers." 
 
 
"A number of Bosnians with an artistic bent, like No Man's Land director 
Danis Tanovic, fought the war with cameras. Some talented dissidents in 
Serbia managed to make subversive films and videos. Croatian artists living 
under dictator Franjo Tudjman, as well as ethnic Albanians caught in the 
quickfire mass expulsion from Kosovo, had to wait until their conflicts were 
somewhat resolved before they could create interpretations of those events. 
Directors from abroad, outraged by the world's blind eye, sought to expose 
the horrendous effects of war in Bosnia, Croatia, and Kosovo." Feinstein 
concludes, "The exhibition No Man's Land: The Splintering of Yugoslavia 
features some of the strongest of these works. Most don't offer solutions to 
the complex problems of the Balkans. Some choose to comment on the absurdity 
of the Yugoslav wars. A few do suggest possible ways out of the quagmire. No 
matter what the approach, the spectator is moved, even provoked, by what is 
projected." 
 
 
Two artists featured in the series will be present for special Q&A sessions 
and a panel discussion. Serbian Goran Radovanovic, whose films and videos 
have been exhibited worldwide, will discuss his work on Saturday, April 13 
as will Jasmila Zbanic, a filmmaker and cultural activist from Bosnia. Both 
directors will be on hand for a panel discussion with film writer and 
curator Howard Feinstein and Tom Keenan, director of the Human Rights 
Project (at Bard College), on Sunday, April 14. BAMcinématek is made 
possible through the leadership support of The Joseph S. and Diane H. 
Steinberg Charitable Trust. No Man's Land: The Splintering of Yugoslavia is 
supported by Trust for Mutual Understanding. 
 
 
General admission tickets to BAM Rose Cinemas are $9. Tickets are $6 for 
students (with valid I.D. Monday-Thursday, except holidays), seniors, BAM 
Cinema Club members, and children under 12. Tickets are available at the BAM 
Rose Cinemas box office, by phone at 718.777.FILM (order by "name of movie" 
option), or online at www.bam.org. A dinner and movie package on Friday and 
Saturday nights at BAMcafé is available for only $30 (at the box office 
only). For more information, call the BAMcinématek hotline at 718.636.4100 
or visit www.bam.org. 
 
 
No Man's Land: The Splintering of Yugoslavia 
All programs presented in English or with English subtitles 
 
 
Program 1 (84min) 
Friday, April 12 at 6:50, 9:10pm 
 
 
Portraits of Artists in Sarajevo (1994), Bosnia, 19 min 
Directed by Danis Tanovic 
Danis Tanovic captures the lives of Sarajevan artists during the siege. In a 
city surrounded by Serbian troops-cut off from electricity and water, and 
without adequate weapons to protect themselves-the artists still find ways 
to creatively respond to the daily horrors around them. Tanovic, who shot 
more than 300 hours of footage on the front lines during the war, just 
received a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for his first feature film, 
No Man's Land (2001). 
 
 
Dawn (1996), Bosnia, 13 min 
Directed by Danis Tanovic 
This documentary records the bittersweet reunion of a man and his wife and 
children after three years apart. Having lost his eyesight and both arms in 
the war, he is aware of his family's mixed feelings of joy and shock. 
 
 
Awakening (Ça Ira) (1998), France, 52 min 
Directed by Danis Tanovic 
The director journeys through postwar-Bosnia with a European aid worker, 
interviewing people along the way and recording their stories of the war. 
 
 
Program 2 (92min) 
Saturday, April 13 at 2, 7pm* 
*Q&A with director Goran Radovanovic follows screening 
 
 
A Man Called Boat (1992), Bosnia, 9 min 
Directed by Pjer Zalica 
Sarajevo-born Pjer Zalica documents a day in the life of a Bosnian sniper. 
Zalica pieces together fragments from the man's routine as he prepares for 
another day of battle, never once showing the sniper's face. 
 
 
Serbian Epics (1993), UK, 40 min 
Directed by Paul Pawlikowski 
The filmmaker Paul Pawlikowski creates an intimate and shocking portrait of 
Radovan Karadzic, the Bosnian Serb leader currently indicted for war crimes. 
Karadzic's views and daily life are captured in great detail. 
 
 
Second Circle (1998), Serbia, 27 min 
Directed by Goran Radovanovic 
Goran Radovanovic's Second Circle follows a struggling family of Gypsies in 
Serbia as they face discrimination at every turn. 
 
 
Hop, Skip & Jump (1999), Bosnia, 16 min 
Directed by Srdan Vuletic 
In this award-winning dramatization of the war, Srdan Vuletic depicts the 
uneasy relations between Bosnian Muslims and Serbs before, during, and after 
the siege of Sarajevo, as the powerful and the oppressed change places. 
 
 
Program 3 (93min) 
Saturday, April 13 at 4*, 9:30pm 
* Q&A with director Jasmila Zbanic follows this screening 
 
 
Red Rubber Boots (2000), Bosnia, 18 min 
Directed by Jasmila Zbanic 
Zbanic documents the horrors of Milosevic's ethnic cleansing directive in 
Red Rubber Boots. The camera follows Bosnian women while they search through 
mass graves to identify their family members. One mother seeks a pair of red 
rubber boots, hoping they will lead to the remains of her missing child. 
 
 
The Abyss (2000), Bosnia, 15 min 
Directed by Adis Bakrac 
Bosnian filmmaker Adis Bakrac descends with workers into a cave called The 
Abyss-a mass grave for 84 murdered Bosnians. 
 
 
Crime and Punishment (1998), Norway, 60 min 
Directed by Maria Fugelvaag Warsinski 
Warsinski retells the story of the 1995 massacre of Bosnians in Srebrenica, 
the single worst mass killing in Europe since World War II, during which 
Serbian soldiers invaded the UN-designated "safe area" and killed more than 
7,500 men. Warsinski explores the event through interviews with survivors 
who are searching for their loved ones' remains. 
 
 
Program 4 (104min) 
Sunday, April 14 at 2, 8:30pm 
 
 
The Valley (1999), UK, 70 min 
Directed by Dan Reed 
Dan Reed's The Valley, a documentary about the bloody conflict in Kosovo's 
Drenica Valley, was shot just as the war was beginning in this region. 
Against the backdrop of burning villages, armed men, and burying of the 
dead, individuals on both sides discuss their rights to the land. 
 
 
Documentary Mosaique (1999-2000), Kosovo, 28 min 
Directed by Eugen Saracini 
Eugen Saracini weaves together three stories of Albanian suffering in the 
aftermath of the Kosovo war. One family maintains its optimism in the face 
of losing five sons; two men from different generations, the sole survivors 
of a massacre in their town, reflect on the past and future; and a family of 
seven decide to remain where they are despite the destruction of their home. 
 
 
Program 5 (103min) 
Sunday, April 14 at 4:15pm* 
*Panel discussion with filmmakers, curator Howard Feinstein, and Tom Keenan 
follows this screening 
 
 
Operation "Storm" (2001), Croatia, 52 min 
Directed by Bozidar Knezevic 
Operation "Storm" in 1995 resulted in the liberation of all occupied 
Croatia, and was deemed a success. But after several years, the unsettling 
truth about what really happened began to see the light. 
 
 
Model House (2000), Serbia, 21 min 
Directed by Goran Radovanovic 
Using a small model house as a metaphor, Goran Radovanovic gently satirizes 
the intolerable living conditions of Serbian refugees from Croatia living in 
Serbia. 
 
 
The Last Wish (1999), Serbia, 1 min 
Directed by Goran Radovanovic 
Radovanovic's The Last Wish is a one-minute version of a 30-second public 
service announcement from 1999 about the repression of the press-one of many 
he made for Serbian TV from 1998-99. 
 
 
Ethnically Clean (1998), Serbia, 30 min 
Directed by Janko Baljak 
Created in association with Radio B92, a Belgrade news and music outlet for 
Serbian resistance to Slobodan Milosevic's regime, Ethnically Clean examines 
Milosevic's "ethnic cleansing" tactics by documenting the civilian court 
case of a Serb who has murdered several Croats. 
 
 
The BAM Rose Cinemas are named in recognition of a major gift in honor of 
Jonathan F.P. and Diana Calthorpe Rose. BAM Rose Cinemas would also like to 
acknowledge the generous support of The Peter Jay Sharp Foundation, Richard 
B. Fisher and Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Brooklyn Borough President Marty 
Markowitz, Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, New York City 
Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, HSBC 
Bank USA, Bloomberg Radio AM1130, and Bowne of New York. Additional support 
is provided by The Liman Foundation, and Coca-Cola Enterprise of New York. 
 
 
BAMcinématek would like to offer special thanks to Howard Feinstein and to 
the filmmakers: Dan Reed, Danis Tanovic, Goran Radovanovic, Paul 
Pawlikowski, Srdan Vuletic, Adis Bakrac, Jasmila Zbanic, Maria Fugelvaag 
Warsinski, Pier Zalica, Janko Baljak, Eugen Saracini and producer Nenad 
Puhovski. 
 
 
General information 
 
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAM Rose Cinemas, BAMcafé, and Shakespeare & 
Co. BAMshop are located in the main building at 30 Lafayette Avenue 
(Lafayette and Ashland) in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. BAM 
Harvey Theater is located at 651 Fulton Street (between Ashland and 
Rockwell) in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. BAM Rose Cinemas is Brooklyn's only 
movie house dedicated to first-run independent and foreign film and 
repertory programming. J.A.M Catering Services provides food and beverages 
at BAMcafé, which features an eclectic mix of spoken word and live music on 
Friday and Saturday nights as well as Sounds of Praise (live gospel music 
with a soul-food buffet) on selected Sunday afternoons. A package including 
dinner in BAMcafé and a movie ticket to BAM Rose Cinemas is available for 
only $30 (at the box office only). BAMcafé is open Friday-Saturday from 
5-10:30pm and Sundays from 2-8pm. Additionally, dinner is served from 
5-7:30pm on all Monday-Wednesday mainstage performance nights. 
 
 
Subway: 1, 2, 4, 5, Q Local, and Q Express to Atlantic Avenue 
W, M, N, R to Pacific Street; G to Fulton Street; C to Lafayette Avenue 
Train: Long Island Railroad to Flatbush Avenue 
Car: Commercial parking lots are located adjacent to BAM. 
 
 
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