[PAST EVENT] Sarajevo Roses: Film Screening and Q&A with the Producer-Director
5:30pm - 8pm
The Bosnia Project will screen the documentary Sarajevo Roses, followed by a Q&A with its director, Roger M. Richards. Produced over twenty-four years, Sarajevo Roses is a cinematic essay told by five citizens who survived and now struggle to rebuild.
During the four year siege of the Bosnia capital of Sarajevo, hundreds of thousands of artillery, mortar, and tank shells were fired into the city from the surrounding hills. As each exploded, it left a crater in concrete resembling a flower. Citizens stoically painted these "pavement petals" red and called them "Sarajevo Roses."
At its heart, Sarajevo Roses is a about a search for inner peace and recovery after experiencing PTSD from the horrors of war; how the ordinary neighbor next door is capable of committing the most inhuman acts; and personal testimonies that love and living fully in the present are the best we can hope for as human beings. Lessons for a troubled world.
Photojournalist and filmmaker Roger M. Richards was in Sarajevo at the height of the conflict and witnessed its restoration on numerous returns. He is uniquely positioned to share the tragedy's impact on a great people and a very special place.
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