John Greyson

2009, 14:00 minutes, colour, English, Bosnian (with subtitles)


In September, 2008, the opening ceremonies of the first Queer Sarajevo Festival were closed down by a violent mob, who accused the organizers of blaspheming the holy month of Ramadan. Eight people were hospitalized, and the rest of the festival was cancelled. This experimental documentary profiles the courage of the four women who organized the festival, and explores the complex politics that inform contemporary Bosnian society, still struggling with the demons of the brutal 1992-95 war. A counter-narrative uses excerpts from a Susan Sontag essay to critique the peculiar subculture of YouTube cover versions, and the ubiquity of bird imagery in pop songs.

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