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In Flow of Words: A Film on How It Feels to Work With War Criminals & Victims

Interview by Tatjana Lisjak

Each profession carries its fears and challenges but the ones translators employed at The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague were facing, are of a special kind.

In the touching, experimental short documentary In Flow of Words directed by Eliane Esther Bots, three interpreters reveal how it felt to work for the ICTY. This powerful story is about the surreal experience of having one’s memories and emotions confronted with the narratives from opposite sides of the conflict: those of the people accused of war crimes, and those of the victims.

One of the protagonists of the film is Alma Imamovic. In this video interview, you can see what psychological impact this kind of work had on her, and why she is proud of the important role she has played.

In Flow of Words won many awards, including Best Direction at Locarno International Film Festival and Best Documentary at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. It will be screened as part of the Power of Shorts program at the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival on Friday, April 22 at 1.15 PM in Filmhuis Den Haag.