filmfestivalcottbus: Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić, 2020
The latest film from Jasmila Žbanić tells the story of a translator attempting to save the lives of her husband and sons during the Bosnian genocide.
Just because we deem certain things unimaginable doesn’t mean they cannot — and have not — already occurred. Twenty-five years after 8,372 Bosniak men and boys were slaughtered in Srebrenica during the Bosnian genocide, Jasmila Žbanić brings forth her monumental fifth feature, Quo Vadis, Aida?
Based on these true events, the film tells the story of Aida (Jasna Ðuričić), a middle-aged English teacher and translator taking shelter in a United Nations military base operated by Dutch peacekeepers, alongside her husband, two sons, and 30,000 other refugees. With the UN’s uselessness laid bare, and the refugees left as lambs to the slaughter, Aida frantically scrambles to save her family within the so-called safe zone.
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