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One Day in Sarajevo

Documentary Film
60 minutes

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Damir Ibrahimovic, Jasmila Zbanic
Jasmila Zbanić
Christine A. Maier
Isabel Meier
Igor Camo
On 28 June 1914, Gavrilo Princip shot the heir presumptive to the Austrian-Hungarian throne, Franz Ferdinand, in Sarajevo. A momentous assassination that is considered to have triggered the First World War.

Exactly 100 years later, Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić, who has already tried to come to terms with history in her award winning feature films, visits the site of the historic event and asks people what they think of the assassin. Some see Princip as a national hero who fought for Bosnian freedom; others see him as a terrorist who destroyed the existing order. Žbanić mixes her own material with images the inhabitants and tourists recorded on their mobile devices, juxtaposing these contemporary images with excerpts from feature films about the assassination. The result is a multilayered view of the event and its consequences, not without some funny moments but primarily a reflection about what a nation deduces from its history. In Sarajevo, almost ahistorical moments of celebrations with marching children in uniform and machine guns are set against the critical voices of the counter-demonstrators who, in the spirit of the Occupy movement, are fighting against a new occupation of Bosnia: this time by capitalism.

Lina Dinkla