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Der unbegrabene Krieg Der unbegrabene Krieg
The unburied war

Srebrenica 10 years later

Bosnia/Germany 2005
Production: KorfmannPreuss
TV Broadcast: ZDF- Dokukanal
Length: 59 min.
Format: DV 4:3
Original Languages: Bosnian, German, French, English
Subtitles: English, French, German

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Der unbegrabene Krieg

Director: Jakob Preuss
Camera/Editing: Felix Korfmann
Music: Dominik Sprungala
Sound Design: Marcus Huber
Almost a decade after the fall of the UN-declared safe-haven, the name Srebrenica remains synonymous with one of the worst atrocities of the Balkan wars. In the West this small city has become a metaphor for human catastrophe often cited in political rhetoric. Yet for the protagonists of this film it is also the place where they live, perhaps even home. What comes after massacre?

A family of Bosnian Muslim returnees eke out an existence as day labourers near the ruins of their former homes. They are here out of economic necessity and the shadows of the war loom large in their lives.

Misho, a young Bosnian Serb, works as a DJ in Club Srebrenica. Born in Sarajevo, to a Croatian mother and Serbian father, he struggles with the rigid identities of post-war Bosnia. We travel with him to his parents’ house in Sarajevo, now abandoned and awaiting sale.

Marion, a French-German Human Rights Officer for the OSCE, receives a visit from her mother. As she reflects on her work one senses the ambiguity of her presence here. On a field visit she hands out business cards to a smiling family of returnees. They have no telephones.

Dispensing with added commentary, this film offers a glimpse into the tribulations of daily life played out against the backdrop of preparations for the ceremonies commemorating the Srebrenica massacre of 1995. There is no more war, but it is a strange kind of peace.