From March 18th to 20th, 2016, the « Sarajevo-sur-Seine Film Festival » was particularly successful.
Numerous Parisian spectators – in addition to the EGAM training seminar participants’ from March 13th to 21st – came to the projections of the ten remarkable documentaries coming from the Balkans.
Bringing for the first time in another country the Sarajevo Film Festival’s spirit of resistance by culture, the « Sarajevo-sur-Seine Film Festival », thanks to these participants, weaved a link between Paris and Sarajevo, connected by the extremist violence of yesterday and today, as well as by the actions fighting them.
These movies approached topics characterized by a constant relevance, such as the situation of Roma people in Hungary and Romania (Toto and His Sisters ; Drifter) or the relation of anyone to one’s liberty and rights (Chuck Norris Vs Communism ; Green Walls, Black Food ; I Like That Super Most the Best). Moreover, the terrible issues of migrants and refugees’ situation from yesterday to today (Those Who Feel the Fire Burning ; Flotel Europa ; Chasing A Dream) and the crucial political, social and legal fight to preserve the memory of genocides and massacres during wars in Balkans are not to be forget (The Unidentified ; The Fog of Srebrenica).
Meetings with Head of Documentary Competition Programm of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Rada Sesic, and directors Nemanja Babic, Marija Ristic (The Unidentified), Samir Mehanovic (The Fog of Srebrenica) and Mladen Mitrovic (Chasing A Dream) were also widely appreciated by a large crowd asking pertinent questions.
Lastly, the festival closed with an evening party at restaurants Le Carillon et Le Petit Cambodge – places of the terrorist attacks perpetrated on November 13 – in order to commemorate the victims by gathering, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discriminations, on March 21st, inhabitants of the neighborhood, French and European antiracis activists as well as political and antiracist NGOs representatives (Ambassadors from Romania and Croatia, Noël Mamère – French MP, Dominique Sopo – President of SOS Racisme).
The EGAM would like to thank everyone who took part into this festival, allowing it to live and spread by making it known: spectators as well as organizers and sponsors (YIHR of Bosnia & Herzegovina, SOS Racisme, Mairie de Paris, Agnès B….).
In view of its success and its wide appreciation by its publics, the « Sarajevo-sur-Seine Film Festival » will be back on March 2017, in Paris, for its second edition!
"Il devient absolument urgent de mettre un terme à cette injustice. Il y a un manque de connaissances et de recherches. Il faut donc promouvoir le recueil de témoignages, mais aussi construire des mémoriaux, organiser des expositions..." - @BenjaminAbtan