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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Critical Writing

Open letter from John Greyson to TIFF
by John Greyson. Greyzone, Aug. 27, 2009.
An open letter on City to City: Tel Aviv
by Cameron Bailey. TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival, Aug. 28, 2009.
The Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation: An open...
by Udi Aloni et al. Toronto Declaration: No Celebration of Occupation, Sept. 9, 2009.
Tel Aviv program protest to rear head at opening
by Bruce DeMara. The Toronto Star, Sept. 4, 2009.
Group plans presser over TIFF City-to-City program
by Staff. The Globe and Mail, Sept. 5, 2009.
We don't feel like celebrating with Israel this year
by Naomi Klein. The Globe and Mail, Sept. 8, 2009.
TIFF focus on Tel Aviv draws protests: International group of...
by Michael Posner. The Globe and Mail, Sept. 2, 2009.
Pro-Palestinian letter has uncovered debate
by Antonia Zerbisias. The Toronto Star, Sept. 9, 2009.
Enough is enough: The TIFF boycott is an attack on our freedom
by Robert Lantos. The National Post, Sept. 11, 2009.
STARS VS. STARS: Everyone's taking sides on Tel Aviv
by Raju Mudhar. The Toronto Star, Sept. 15, 2009.
Two sides of TIFF debate trade barbs
by Kenyon Wallace. The National Post, Sept. 15, 2009.
Boycotts don't equal censorship: Film-makers should support the...
by Ken Loach et al. The Guardian, Sept. 1, 2009.