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Trnopolje — A forgotten summer

A documentary directed by , .




“What can one say about all of this?
It is still a double-edged sword here.
Soci­ety is not ready yet.“
Nedzad — A For­got­ten Summer


To be able to for­get, one must first remem­ber.
To be able to for­give, one must first be rec­og­nized as a victim.

May 1992. War begins in Bosnia. The vil­lage school of Trnopolje is turned into a con­cen­tra­tion camp. Approx­i­mately 25 000 peo­ple, all non-Serbs, will be made pris­on­ers in the camp dur­ing that sum­mer. In a few months, as a result of method­i­cal eth­nic cleans­ing, this mul­ti­eth­nic region is trans­formed into an exclu­sively Serb enclave.

Twenty years later, the school of Trnopolje is a school again, with both Serb and Bosniak pupils. Bosniak fam­i­lies deported dur­ing the war have returned, rebuilt their houses and enrolled their chil­dren in the school. There is no trace of the camp, nei­ther in the school books nor in the village.

The camp exists only in the words and mem­o­ries of the vic­tims and wit­nesses, like Nedzad, detained in the camp and now employed at the school, like Rasma, mother of a pris­oner — or Mirela who was a lit­tle girl dur­ing the war.

Is silence the price to be paid to go on liv­ing together? How many years, how many gen­er­a­tions must pass before words can be set free — or before the story of the camp dis­ap­pears into silence?


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