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Country: CROATIA, SLOVENIA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Run Time: 93 minutes
Before the Bosnian war ravaged their lives, Halima’s niece Safija became pregnant by Slavo, a Christian man. Beaten and ostracized by her Muslim family, Safija gave the infant boy to the childless Halima to raise, telling Slavo it was stillborn. Twenty-five years later, the devastating war has ended. Bodies are being identified through DNA samples and returned to families for burial. Halima’s husband is found, but the boy cannot be returned to her without a blood sample. And that would have to come from Safija who ran away years ago and married Slavo. When Halima finally locates her, Safija refuses the blood test because she is afraid her husband will discover her deception. And other deceptions could be uncovered as well, including the shocking identity of the soldier who took Halima’s husband and the boy to their deaths. A heart-wrenching and beautiful story of a nation struggling to bring closure to a brutal conflict, HALIMA’S PATH follows the courageous journey of a woman trying to make peace with the past and find hope for the future. (In Bosnian with subtitles) – C.R.
Arsen Anton Ostojic
Slobodan Trninic, Arsen Anton Ostojic
Alma Prica, Olga Pakalovic, Mijo Jurisic, Mustafa Nadarevic, Miraj Grbic
Arsen Anton Ostojic was born in Croatia in 1965. He graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb in 1990 and from New York University in 1994. He has written, produced, and directed numerous shorts and features films. He won the Audience Award at the Pula Film Festival and the Special Jury prize at the Tallin Black Nights Film Festival for HALIMA'S PATH.
"Life Drawing" (2002), "A Wonderful Night In Split" (2004) – 29th CIFF, "No One's Son" (2008) – 33rd CIFF, HALIMA'S PATH (2012)
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