This outstanding film, nominated for the foreign language Oscar and Bafta awards, centres on the Srebrenica massacre during the the Bosnian war in 1995 during which more than 8,000 Muslims were slaughtered despite them sheltering in a so-called U.N “safe area”.
It is an icily brilliant and overwhelmingly convincing attempt to tackle this shameful atrocity.
Aida Selmanajic (Jasna Djuricic) is a translator employed by the UN during discussions between Bosnian Muslim leaders and U.N officials. With her teacher husband, they sense that their military-age sons are in great danger of reprisals from the victorious Serb army. As she scurries around frantically trying to get information from the U.N commander, she takes the audience to the Serbs, to the U.N officials and to the civilians.
A remarkable film that deserves our attention.