The Power of the Silver Screen

Reception: Ambassador Moon talks with festival director Miro Purivatra
and American director Joshua Marston

Over the last two weeks, Sarajevo was transformed into a true “city of film” during the Sarajevo Film Festival.  Now in its 17th year, the SFF is an enduring symbol of the power of culture to bring people together.  My wife and I enjoyed the films, walked the red carpet, and hosted a star-studded reception in honor of festival director Miro Purivatra and his dedicated team. 

Trebinje: Audiences in Trebinje join director Dan Sturman for a screening of
Soundtrack for a Revolution.

2011 also marked the first year that the Embassy sponsored a specific film.  Soundtrack for a Revolution, a documentary film that tells the story of the American Civil Rights Movement through its music, was the first movie to be shown at the new SFF venue, Lasko Summer Nights. Co-director Dan Sturman and documentary film expert Sandra Ruch visited Bosnia and Herzegovina through the State Department’s Documentary Film Showcase, which brings award-winning American documentaries to audiences around the world in order to show a more complex picture of the United States.  During their stay in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dan and Sandra crossed the entire country, talking to young people and film professionals in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Brcko, Mostar, Trebinje, Siroki Brijeg, and Gorazde.  In this way, we shared this film with enthusiastic audiences in smaller towns that lack the glitz of the film festival but share the same hunger for culture.