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DirectorMarina Andree Skop
ProducerDarija Kulenovic Gudan, Marina Andree Skop – Studio dim (HR); Senad Zaimovic, Bojan Hadžihalilovic – Fabrika (BIH)
WriterJelena Paljan, Marina Andree Skop
EditorStasa Celan, Marina Andree Skop
CameraSandi Novak
MusicDamir Imamovic Trio
SoundEric Bajramovic
CastDamir Imamovic, Amira Medunjanin, Edvin Hadzic, Vanja Radoja, Nedzad Imamoviz, Vanja Muhovic, Pasa Jahic, Nusreta Basic, Vesna Andree Zaimovic, Hasim Muharemovic, Jusuf Brkic, Nezir Suljagic
Length66 min
CountryCroatia/Bosnia and Herzegovina
ScreeningSaturday 10 November | 17:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag

Sevdah is a feeling about life imbued with melancholy, yearning and beautiful sorrow. This film takes us on an intimate journey through the world of, as often called, the Bosnian Blues. The screening will be followed by Q&A with the musician Damir Imamović.


The song that expresses the feeling of Sevdah is known as Sevdalinka. This unique song-form that tell of love and the pain of love, has been alive over 400 years in Bosnia and often compared with fado or blues. The death of their mutual friend and a passionate fan of Sevdalinka, Farah, has brought musician Damir Imamovic and director Marina Andree Skop together. Trying to deal with their own loss and grief, they decide to create a film about Sevdah capturing local culture and experiences of common men as well as known professionals like Amira Medunjanin. The result is an emotionally charged, lyrical and visual journey to the very heart and soul of Bosnia, a story of personal loss echoing the destiny of a small country, told through its deeply soulful music.

Before the screening of the film Sevdah, you can attend A multimedia lecture by Damir Imamović – ‘East’ and ‘West’ in the genre of Sevdah, at 16.00 hours in Filmhuis Den Haag.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Sarajevo Film Festival, 2009 – Audience Award | New York BiH Film Festival, 2010 – Audience Award, Golden Apple | Kimera Film Festival, Italy 2010 – Best Music Award | Zagreb Film Festival, 2009 | Starigrad Film Festival 2010 – Audience Award | Beldocs, Belgrade 2010 | International TRT Documentary Awards, Turkey 2010 | Göteborg International Film Festival, 2010