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<h2>THAT'S A WRAP</h3><span class='program_text_slider'> 'An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,' a feature film directed by Danis Tanović; and 'Mum,' a short fiction film directed by Ado Hasanović, and documentary film 'Finding Family' won Golden Apple awards at the eleventh annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival, held May 1-3 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. </span> <h2>AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER </h3><span class='program_text_slider'>Nazif can barely support his family with earnings from his work as an iron picker. He searches daily for scrap metal while his partner Senada tends to their home and two young daughters. When an iron picker's critically ill wife is refused medical treatment, their harrowing odyssey of survival provides a damning critique of the social conditions that trap them.</span> <h2>FINDING FAMILY</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>The film tells the story of one Sarajevo orphan's extraordinary journey as he heads back to Bosnia 20 years after the war. He's searching for answers from his long-lost family. It turns out the family he has waited his entire life to hear from are on the same side as the men who shelled and sniped at him during the 1,300-day siege of Sarajevo.
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MUM</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>A woman, after she was accused of killing her husband, is released from prison after 13 years. She comes home and meets her son and his pregnant girlfriend, who are standing with packed suitcases and plane tickets in their hands... The young couple is ready to move to Australia and start a new life</span> <h2>THE GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>Four Golden Apple awards were presented at the 11th annual BHFF in 2014: for Best Feature Film; Best Short or Animated Film; Best Documentary Film; and the Audience Award for Best Picture.</span> <h2>DAY 1 WRAP UP</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>An expert panel discussion took place following the screening of documentary  'May 31st.' It was led by Refik Hodžić, director of communications at the International Center for Transitional Justice, and Eldar Sarajlić, researcher and lecturer in contemporary political theory at CUNY's Brooklyn College. Topics covered the White Armband Initiative, the state of social activism in Prijedor and the current sociopolitical turmoil in Bosnia-Herzegovina.</span> <h2>DAY 1 WRAP UP</h3><span class='program_text_slider'> The festival opened Thursday night, May 1st, with a number of special guests in attendance. H.E. Ambassador Jadranka Negodić and Minister Counselor Adnan Hadrović from the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Embassy in Washington, D.C. participated in the opening.</span>

GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS FOR "FINDING FAMILY," "AN EPISODE IN THE LIFE OF AN IRON PICKER," AND "MUM" AT THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL BOSNIAN-HERZEGOVINIAN FILM FESTIVAL (BHFFℿ



New York City, May 2014
- "Finding Family," a documentary film by Chris Leslie and Oggi Tomić; "An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker," a feature film directed by Danis Tanović; and "Mum," a short fiction film directed by Ado Hasanović, won Golden Apple awards at the eleventh annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival, held May 1-3 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. All winning films were announced at the festival's Closing Party on Saturday, May 3rd, held in The Varick Room at Tribeca Cinemas.

"An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker" won the BHFF 2014 Jury Award for the Best Feature Film. "Mum" won the BHFF 2014 award for Best Short Film, and "Finding Family" won the BHFF 2014 Jury Award for the Best Documentary Film.

These outstanding films were selected by the official BHFF 2014 Jury, an expert panel comprising of L.A.-based author, filmmaker and photographer Harun Mehmedinović; internationally-acclaimed artist Nebojša Šerić-Shoba; and Brooklyn-based filmmaker and multimedia artist Amir Husak. Husak was present at the Closing Party to announce the Golden Apple award winners in each category.

When asked to comment on this year's film selection, Mehmedinović praised Danis Tanović's latest feature film: "I think this is Danis' best film and is a pretty good example of the type of film which I'd like to see other directors try. In other words, they should find people who are interesting, but are not actors. Forget about writing the script, and let it be improvised and be spontaneous."

Ado Hasanović, whose film "Mum" won the Jury Award for Best Short Film, expressed his gratitude: "I want to thank the Jury for this award, presented at such an important festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian film in New York City. I share this award with all those who have worked on, participated in and supported my film 'Mum.' I expecially want to thank all those who believed in my effort and work!"

In addition to the Jury Award for the Best Documentary Film, "Finding Family" also won the BHFF 2014 Audience Award for Best Picture. The film's director, Chris Leslie, accepted both Golden Apples at the Closing Party. Leslie said he is "absolutely delighted to win the awards," and added that "just having the film screen at BHFF in New York City is a great accolade in itself."

Oggi Tomić, whose life story is the subject of the documentary, was thrilled with the big win: "Wow ‿what can I say, to have its New York City premiere and be up in competition with great filmmakers and films is an honor in itself, but to win not just one, but two awards is beyond my expectations and I am extremely ecstatic with the result.''

This year's BHFF screened a total of 16 feature, short, and documentary films, compiled from a total of 33 submissions from 10 countries including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, the Netherlands, Finland, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the United States, and Canada.

The 2014 program included the world premieres of "May 31st," "Bosnia in Our Hearts," and "Shunt;" the U.S. premiere of "Tales from a Forgotten City;" and the New York City premiere of "Finding Family." Other films that screened at the eleventh annual BHFF included "Circles," "A Stranger," "With Mom," "Beško," "Vita Mulier," "A Wound That Is Hidden," "Just to take a look," "Trnopolje, A Forgotten Summer," and "We Survived."

Among the guests at the eleventh annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival were H.E. Ambassador Jadranka Negodić and Minister Counselor Adnan Hadrović from the Bosnian-Herzegovinian Embassy in Washington, D.C.; Sixten Björkstrand, director of "Bosnia in Our Hearts"; and Refik Hodžić and Eldar Sarajlić, who led an expert panel discussion after the screening of Block 2 films on the first day of the festival.

The festival is completely run by all volunteers and organized by two non-for-profit organizations, the Voice of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Inc. and the Academy of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Inc.






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