Traces in the Forest

Short: In the middle of a COVID lockdown, a three-day peace march in Bosnia shows both a woman's search for traces of her murdered brother and a nation's remembrance of the greatest genocide in Europe since the Holocaust while tracing for the first time the route of the Srebrenica refugee march.

Long: In the middle of a COVID lockdown we follow Behka, a woman our director Joshua Jádi has known since his childhood, during a three-day peace march in Bosnia. Her goal is to finish the way for her brother who disappeared while trying to bring Behka milkpowder for her newborn during the Bosnian War.

The peace march takes place under COVID-19 conditions. Survivors of the Srebrenica massacre have pistols held to their heads again - but this time fever pistols. At dawn, the military takes people out of their tents - to disinfect them.

We walk from one guarded tent city to the next through breathtakingly beautiful forests that once witnessed the largest genocide in Europe since the Holocaust: The Srebrenica Massacre.

  • Joshua Jádi
    Director
  • Joshua Jádi
    Writer
  • Joshua Jádi
    Producer
  • Behka Sečić
    Key Cast
  • Jakob Carl Sauer
    Director of Photography
  • Joshua Jádi
    Editing
  • Jakob Carl Sauer
    Editing
  • Marius Ismael Mertens
    Editing
  • Marius Ismael Mertens
    Sound
  • Marius Ismael Mertens
    Sounddesign
  • Lisa Hollaus
    Sounddesign
  • Marius Ismael Mertens
    Music
  • Jakob Carl Sauer
    Music
  • Marius Ismael Mertens
    Co-directors
  • Jakob Carl Sauer
    Co-directors
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Spuren im Wald
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Genres:
    War Trauma, Human Rights, Roadtrip
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Austria
  • Country of Filming:
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Language:
    Bosnian, German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2,24:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Filmakademie Wien / Filmacademy Vienna
  • Sarajevo Film Festival
    Sarajevo
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Joshua Jádi

JOSHUA JÁDI is a German-Hungarian film director. He studies at the Filmakademie Wien in the class of Jessica Hausner.

His short films have been screened and awarded internationally.

In 2022 Joshua Jádi was invited to Sarajevo Talents. In 2019 Joshua Jádi was invited to the Locarno Academy Summer School.

Additionally Joshua Jádi is the Assistant Programme Director at FilmFestival Cottbus and he was part of the Official Jury at the European Film Festival Palić 2022.

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Director Statement

When the whole world is standing still, it's our job to go out and film what is happening.

I know Behka since I was little and when she called me and told me that after 25 years she finally felt ready to finish the way for her brother I didn't hesitate to join her on this journey.

The story of the refugee march from Srebrenica has rarely been told and only very few people know about it.

This film is a search for traces from the intimate personal to the big picture, a story of an admirably strong woman and finally a film about the senselessness of war.