<h2>WITH MOM</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>Berina, a young artist, struggles to come to terms with her mother's terminal illness and the deterioration of family bonds, while also exploring her awakening sexuality. Lončarević's powerful coming-of-age story examines the sharpened dynamics of a family in crisis.</span> <h2>MAY 31<sup>st</sup></h3><span class='program_text_slider'> On May 31st 1992 in city of Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina) all of the non-Serb population had to wear white armbands when going out on the streets. In the coming days 30.000 people were sent to the death camps, 3000 were killed. Since then, authorities in Prijedor have never allowed a commemoration for war victims, the story follows the White Armband Initiative in Prijedor and shows how a small story about a 'small' man can start the change.</span> <h2>TALES FROM A FORGOTTEN CITY</h3><span class='program_text_slider'> 'Tales from a Forgotten City' is an ode to the beautiful memories of Mostar as it once used to be. It follows the dream of music producer, Dragi Sestic and his musical ensemble, Mostar Sevdah Reunion. Their dream is to preserve and revive those memories and to remind the people of the rich multi cultural heritage of this small city. </span> <h2>CIRCLES</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>In the grips of the Bosnian war in 1993, Serbian soldier Marko witnesses his three comrades brutally attacking Haris, a Muslim civilian. Marko interferes and saves Haris' life, but is consequently killed by his infuriated fellow soldiers. In 2008, years after the war's conclusion, the effects of the conflict still loudly resonate. As Marko's father rebuilds a church, he hesitates to accept the help of one of his son's murderers. </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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A STRANGER</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>The death of an old friend plunges Slavko into a dilemma. He is unsure whether he, a Croat, should attend the funeral in the Muslim part of Mostar. On the one hand, he feels like it's his duty; on the other, he fears a hostile reaction from his own community. This psychological study is based on the fact that nearly two decades after the war, Mostar is still divided.</span> <h2>THE GOLDEN APPLE AWARDS</h3><span class='program_text_slider'>Four Golden Apple awards will be 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>


Festival also announces special events, guests, and press opportunities

New York City, April 2014
– Ticket sales for the 11th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) in New York City will be available through the festival's website Program page starting on Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

A total of 16 films will screen May 1-3 at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City. They include four feature films, five short films, and seven documentaries – all with English subtitles. Please visit the program page of the festival's website for more information.

Tickets for each film block are $15, and can be purchased online until May 1st, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Tickets will also be available at the box office at Tribeca Cinemas immediately before each screening on a first-come, first-served basis.

The festival is also announcing an expert panel discussion, Q&A session with a film director, and special guests at this year's festival.

There will be an expert panel discussion after the screening of documentary "May 31st" on the first day of the festival, Thursday, May 1st. The panel will include Refik Hodžić and Eldar Sarajlić, and will focus on the White Armband Initiative, the state of social activism in Prijedor and the current sociopolitical turmoil in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Refik Hodžić is director of communications at the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York City. For almost two decades, Hodžić has worked in transitional justice as a journalist and filmmaker, as well as an expert in public information and outreach campaigns for international and national courts seeking justice for war crimes. He has focused on post-war justice and media primarily in the former Yugoslavia, Lebanon, and Timor-Leste. While working with the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, he served as the tribunal's spokesman and outreach coordinator for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He also headed the public information and outreach section of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2004, Hodžić co-founded XY Films, an independent film and television production company producing documentary films dealing with the legacy of war crimes committed during the 1990s.

Eldar Sarajlić is a researcher and a lecturer in political theory and philosophy. He teaches contemporary political theory at CUNY's Brooklyn College. He was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University in 2012/2013 and he is currently finishing his PhD at the Central European University in Budapest. Before coming to New York, he worked as a journalist, communicator and lecturer in Sarajevo. He was born in Doboj.

The BHFF 2014 is also proud to present a Q&A session with Chris Leslie, one of the directors of "Finding Family." The session will take place following the screening of the film on the last day of the festival, Saturday, May 3rd.

A number of other special guests will be joining us this year:

• Ambassador H.E. Jadranka Negodić, the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Washington D.C.
• Adnan Hadrović, Minister Counselor (DCM), the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Washington, D.C.
• Sixten Björkstrand, director of "Bosnia in Our Hearts" • Nebojša Šerić-Shoba (Jury)
• Amir Husak (Jury)

For press passes, please email Sanida Luković (sanida@bhffnyc.org) or Zlatko Filipović (zlatko@bhffnyc.org).

The festival will end with a Closing Party in the Varick Room at Tribeca Cinemas on Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00 p.m. ET.

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.

If you would like to support us, please consider donating to our Indiegogo campaign.

almir@bhffnyc.org or (917) 250–1200; and Dino Bešlić: dino@bhffnyc.org or (646) 641–5256.

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