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My Own Private War

DirectorLidija Zelovic
ProducerMargie Monfils – IKONdocs
WriterLidija Zelovic, Rogier Kappers
EditorAlexander Goekjian
CameraAlexander Goekjian, Marinus Groothof, Lidija Zelovic, Tatjana Bozic
ScreeningSa. 29 Oct. 20:00 hrs.
Length57 min
CountyThe Netherlands,

One of the most honest and exciting films that deals with the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, told from the personal experience of the filmmaker.


Sarajevo born filmmaker revisits her most traumatic period in life. What happens when collective trauma enters a family? A story told from the personal point of view of the filmmaker who experienced the war in many layers: intimate, family related, as a mother and a daughter, as a professional, as a world citizen who tries to understand odds of nationalism and hatred. Is there any wisdom gained from what one has observed and encountered? Lidija’s film confronts us with challenging questions. What is left of each of us once we got displaced? What happens to a family long after a war is over? Can one ensure that their children don’t have to carry their burden? In this very personal documentary, the director makes an inner journey through her memories, places and people she loves as she tries to leave her past behind her.

Een van de meest oprechte en opwindende films over de oorlog in Bosnië en Herzegovina, verteld vanuit de persoonlijke ervaring van de filmmaker.


De in Sarajevo geboren filmmaker haalt de meest traumatische periode in haar leven op. Wat gebeurt er als een groot trauma een gezin raakt? De filmmaker vertelt een persoonlijk verhaal over de oorlog die zij in vele opzichten heeft meegemaakt: intiem, in familieverband, als een moeder en een dochter, als een vakvrouw, als een wereldburger die probeert om de overmacht van nationalisme en haat te begrijpen. Heeft het haar een beter mens gemaakt? Lidija’s film confronteert ons met uitdagende vragen. Wat gebeurt er met ons als we van ons leven worden weggerukt? Wat zijn de effecten op een gezin, ook lang nadat de oorlog voorbij is? Kunnen de kinderen worden ontzien van de lasten ervan? In deze zeer persoonlijke documentaire maakt de regisseur een innerlijke reis door haar herinneringen. Ze bezoekt de plaatsen van vroeger en mensen van wie ze houdt terwijl ze haar verleden achter haar probeert te laten.