|26 November 2015|
A film portraying the impact on survivors of the Srebrenica genocide which claimed thousands of lives has won a prestigious award in Amsterdam.
Produced and edited in Scotland, The Fog of Srebrenica won the IDFA Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary at Amsterdam’s International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA).
The hard hitting film was directed and produced by Edinburgh based director and producer, Samir Mehanović with music by Scottish composer Nigel Osborne MBE.
It looks at the aftermath and those that lived beyond that single week of the bloody Bosnian war, which saw 8000 Muslim Bosniaks murdered.
Samir’s motivation for making the film came after visiting the Srebrenica memorial in Potocari in 2014. Located within a mass graveyard, it is the site where in 1995 the Dutch UN battalion handed over local civilians to Serbian forces.
Samir wanted to make the film after visiting the Srebrenica memorial in Potocari in 2014. He said: “I was struck and deeply moved when I saw family names repeated endlessly on the marble memorial, a lonely testament in this vast place, with too many headstones and too many young deaths recorded.”
Receiving last night’s award, Samir said: “I hope that The Fog of Srebrenica will raise awareness that the international community failed to protect victims of the Srebrenica genocide in 1995, and bring some justice to the survivors today. I dedicate the award to the Bosnian people, the victims and survivors of the Srebrenica genocide. I would like to thank my small crew, Creative Scotland for their continued support and IDFA for honouring the victims of Srebrenica.”
Ross McKenzie, screen officer, Creative Scotland, added: “Congratulations to Samir on the making of this powerful and evocative film. The film marks a pivotal moment in Samir’s filmmaking career, and Creative Scotland is proud to have been able to support this internationally significant project which reflects the quality of documentaries being produced in Scotland.”