The Sarajevo Film Festival canceled all screenings and social events on Wednesday, August 16, after the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina declared a day of mourning following a triple murder-suicide that has shaken the country.
The festival, which runs until August 18, has suspended its program for today. The festival also suspended screenings in partner cities Mostar and Tuzla. Instead of screenings, the organizers hold a public discussion on the topic of “Femicide in Film, Television and New Media” in the festival square in the center of Sarajevo.
The discussion will look at artistic and media representations of violence against women and will feature filmmakers who have addressed the theme through their own work and social engagement, including Aida Begić, Vanja Juranić, Kumjana Novakova, director Ademir Kenović and the actress Nadine Mičić . . Nebojša Jovanović will moderate the lecture.
“We will celebrate the Day of Mourning with dignity and send a message of solidarity to all victims of violence against women,” the festival said in a statement on its website.
Bosnia and Herzegovina called for a day of mourning after a man in the northeastern Bosnian town of Gradacac shot dead his ex-wife last week and livestreamed the killing on Instagram. After killing her, the man took to the streets of Gradacac and shot and killed a man and his son. According to news reports, he also injured a police officer, another man and a woman at various locations around the city before committing suicide.
The Sarajevo Film Festival will resume regular programming on Thursday, August 17.