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Don't Cry For Me - Susan Sontag in Sarajevo

Don't Cry For me Susan Sontag in Sarajevo is dealing with the famous Susan Sontag's arrival in besieged Sarajevo in 1993, where she staged the play Waiting for Godo. Extremely simple documentary form, focusing on interviews with thirteen participants and witnesses of the play, this film presents an extremely emotional account of life in Sarajevo under siege, in which the burst of life was ignited by Susan Sontag. Visually based on black and white photos of two prominent photographers of Sarajevo under Siege - Milomir Kovačević and Paul Lowe this film keeps simplicity as the experience worth to be followed even today, more then 20 years after the siege. "Europe is, and always has been, a place of barbarism, a place of civilization, too" is quote of Susan Sontag, who opens the film Don't cry for me Sarajevo - Susan Sontag in Sarajevo.

  • Nihad Kreševljaković
  • Nihad Kreševljaković
  • Sead Kreševljaković
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Don't Cry For Me - Susan Sontag u Sarajevu
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    1 hour 12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 20, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Country of Filming:
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
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  • Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    April 22, 2019
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Director Biography - Nihad Kreševljaković

Very successful career in theater production including production of some of the most successful theatre performances in Bosnia / Herzegovina. Experience in art programming as artistic director of program Memory Module. Directing several documentaries and script writing. Developed artistic programming skills and experience in programming theater that is both experimental and new, as well as influential for the Bosnian and Herzegovinian theater makers and the audience. Experience in festival organization, from preparation and strategic planning to funding, program managing and networking. Experience in Artistic Management of a theater as director of Sarajevo War Theatre. Academic teaching experience as guest lecturer on subject of Theatre production and Art under radical circumstances. Editor of numerous books as well as writer. Cofounder of NGO for protection of cultural and historic heritage “Videoarchive- Library Hamdija Kreševljaković”. . Honorary cultural Attache ad interim of the Embassy of the Republic of San Marino in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Excellent command of English and demonstrated writing skills. Among awards: Arts Link Award, 2001, New York, Soros Documentary Fund, 2001, Sundance Documentary Fund, New York, 2001, Metro Sarajevo Award, 2nd prize for documentary film “The Risk Factor”, 1994…His last work is documentary movie “Don’t cry for me – Susan Sontag in Sarajevo”, finished in 2019.

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Director Statement

Through the memories of the participants, we wanted to highlight the importance that art had for the citizens of Sarajevo. Susan Sontag, who for a reason became an honorary citizen of Sarajevo, always indicated that the phenomenon of that time of war was actually the people she worked with. Susan Sontag, the person they called their last intellectual, was one of the few who realized that what was happening in Sarajevo was the beginning of a new era, and was among the first to say that genocide was taking place in Bosnia and the world must stop. Through the story of her we talk about us and through the story of us we talk about her.