The documentary series [framed] continues at Next Stage in Putney on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:30pm with Sarajevo Roses, a film by director and producer Roger M. Richards. Richards is an award-winning filmmaker and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominated photojournalist who was in Sarajevo at the height of the conflict and has witnessed and filmed its restoration on numerous returns––and who is thus uniquely positioned to share the tragedy’s impact on a great people and a very special place.
The Honorable Patricia Whalen, who served as a judge in the International War Crimes Tribunal of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo and Bill Holiday, a career local history teacher who has traveled and researched in the former Yugoslavia & Sarajevo, will lead a post-screening discussion.
What happens when a modern society implodes? Imagine waking up to find society collapsed: stores shuttered, electricity and water shut off, no food or medicine, neighbors become enemies and fighting in the streets. That’s what happened in the city of Sarajevo, only eight years after hosting the 1984 Winter Olympic games.
These are stories of Sarajevo: a surgeon turned psychiatrist to understand and heal his PTSD; a tuxedo-clad cellist playing for the dead at massacre sites; a young woman immortalized in a photograph as she flees a sniper’s bullet; and children struggling to survive in an orphanage near the frontline. When Josip Broz, aka Tito, the benevolent dictator of the federation of Yugoslavia, died on May 4, 1980, nobody had an inkling of the bloodshed and ruin to come. In early 1992, a referendum on independence took Bosnia down the path to war.
During the four-year siege of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, the longest of the 20th century, hundreds of thousands of artillery, mortar and tank shells were fired into the city from the surrounding hills. As each exploded, it left a crater in concrete resembling a flower. Citizens stoically painted these “pavement petals” red and called them “Sarajevoroses.” Some remain today, fading reminders of innocent blood that was spilled on these streets, in this once all-embracing city. The Sarajevo “rose” represents the impact of the war on the lives of these individuals and all citizens of Sarajevo.
At its heart, “Sarajevo Roses” is a meditation on the search for inner peace and recovery after experiencing PTSD from the horrors of war; how the neighbor next door is capable of committing the most inhuman acts; and personal testimony that love, and living fully in the present, are the best we can hope for as human beings. Important lessons for a troubled world.
[framed] is a presentation by Next Stage Arts Project. Conceived in collaboration with former Tribeca Film Festival director Nancy Schafer, the series features feature length documentary films, each presented by the filmmaker in an intimate setting at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, in Putney, Vermont.
The newly-renovated Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT in the village center. The landmarked building was constructed in 1841, and is now fully accessible with an elevator and hearing assist system, excellent sound and sightlines, and supremely comfortable seating. Next Stage has been recognized nationally, including receiving awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace America.
Individual event tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Those attending the film can get 20% discount on entrée at The Gleanery Restaurant www.gleanery.com.