[PAST EVENT] Children of Peace - Film Screening and Discussion

February 16, 2018
Location not specified
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  • Open to the public
The Bosnia Project

The W&M American Bosnian Collaboration (formerly known as ?The W&M Bosnia Project?) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018 with a weekend of special events and featured guests in collaboration with the W&M Global Film Festival. All of the events below are free and open to the public.

This documentary tells the story of the first generation of children born after the Bosnian war, an international armed conflict that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995. The most recent estimates suggest that 100,000 people were killed, 20,000-50,000 women were raped, and over 2.2 million people were displaced during the war, making it the most devastating conflict in Europe since World War II. The new generations, born in peace times, are growing divided. Six young people from different cities meet to discuss their thoughts and create a theater performance about the war.

Trailer and more information on Children of Peace is available on the event program page.

Associate Professor of Government

EMIR KAPETANOVIC (Writer/Director), ZANA MARJANOVIC (Producer), and LARISA KASUMAGIC-KAFEDZIC (W&M Bosnia Project Co-founder)

Emir Kapetanovic is a director and writer from Sarajevo, BiH. He has created numerous films, theatre pieces, web series, street performances and stand-up comedy shows that have received considerable national, and international, acclaim. Mr. Kapetanovic?s work turns art into activism as he highlights problems in BiH surrounding the common themes of national unity, reconciliation, youth and inclusion.  Mr. Kapetanovic?s 2016 film, Children of Peace, examines the first generation of Bosnian citizens born after the war in BiH, the most devastating war in Europe after World War II. New generations grow up divided by stories of the past and his film explores these divisions. Emir is a member of the critically acclaimed Sarajevo-based artistic collective  Magacin Kabare, where he works as film educator and project director on initiatives supported by the American Embassy in Sarajevo, USAID, and the Unicef & Jolie-Pitt Foundation. He holds a degree in film and theatre directing from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.

Zana Marjanovic has served as a Representative in the House of Representatives in the Parliament of the Federation of BiH since 2014. She maintains a very successful acting career, starring as the leading role in Angelina Jolie?s directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey. During the promotional tour for the film, Ms. Marjanovic met with President Obama as well as other notable political leaders, and was subsequently inspired to more actively participate in the political life of her country. A member of IRI?s Women?s Democracy Network, Ms. Marjanovic is recognized as one of most promising women leaders in her country. Focused on enhancing women?s leadership, she advocates for the equal participation of women in decision-making processes with particular emphasis on political participation, peace and security. Ms. Marjanovic serves as a member of the multi-party parliamentary Women?s Caucus of the Federation of BiH, which focuses on ensuring that gender quality issues are mainstreamed across the work of the parliament. In July 2015, Ms. Marjanovic was awarded Sister Cities International?s Michael A. Guido Distinguished Leadership Award. She holds a degree from the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo.

Dr. Larisa Kasumagi?- Kafed?i? has been actively involved in peaceful upbringing, community youth development programs, the philosophy of nonviolence and intercultural pedagogy for the past 20 years. During the war in Bosnia, she co-founded a local organization that provided psycho-social support for war traumatized children and their families. She holds a MA in international development and education from Cornell University, USA, and Ph.D. in English Language Pedagogy and Intercultural Education from Sarajevo University. She is an assistant professor at the Department of English language and literature of the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo.