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Country: BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, FRANCE, TURKEY
Run Time: 108 minutes
Never say "never again" in the Balkans, where the cycle of ethnic war, concentration camps, guilt and recrimination repeats for two generations with a precise, diabolical cruelty. Writer Zlatko Topcic says his scenerio is based on actual events. It is the early 1990s. Screenwriter Tarik Karaga sends a screenplay to a contest in France. It dramatizes the WWII ordeal of his father Ahmed, a journalist seized by the chetniks over his signature on an anti-Nazi petition in defense of Jewish and Serbian Muslim communities. Then, like a character in his own film, Tarik is himself arrested by Serb militiamen because of his manuscript. In a parallel story, Ahmed Karaga, after physical and mental torture, was swapped for fascists in aprisoner exchange. Now, during the siege of Sarajevo, Tarik's film-producer contact in Paris works with the UN to see if the son can be similarly released. But the story does not end there. How many more "remakes" does humanity need before rewriting the plotline of blood-hatred and vengeance?
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