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Kids’s artwork studying in Bosnian “Be affected person,” “Belief in your self,” “If not exterior, the Spring is inside you…” Supply: Screenshot from “The Colorless.”

This text by Amina Sejfić was initially printed on Balkan Diskurs, a venture of the Publish-Battle Analysis Middle (PCRC). An edited model has been republished by International Voices below a content-sharing settlement.

Aida Gavrić’s debut movie “The Colorless” was proven on October 14 as a part of the Publish-Battle Analysis Middle’s venture and photograph exhibition “The Love Tales,” inciting public debate.  The movie is about kids from ethnically combined marriages who, stigmatized as “half-breeds,” are consigned to a liminal house, in between worlds, given the ethno-nationalist character of Bosnian and Herzegovinian society.

The movie showcases completely different views on hybrid identities and the place of not belonging, reflecting on the concept that belonging will not be important, and not-belonging is actually an choice.

“The Colorless” follows these born from a time of affection between completely different peoples who, with the collapse of brotherhood and unity, discovered themselves caught in an “in between.” On this approach, the movie focuses on those that defy classification in a rustic the place ethno-nationalist classes coloration the social panorama. These persons are typically labeled a sort of extra or “different,” Gavrić mentioned.

The writer of the movie Aida Gavrić. Supply: Aida Gavrić Fb profile, used with permission.

She defined that the thought for the movie sprung from her scientific fascination and analysis on hybrid id and id basically. The basis of this fascination lies in private expertise. As a toddler, she got here to the conclusion that she can’t be categorised in response to in style confessional and ethnic classes in a society through which such classifications usually are not simply essential, however central to almost each facet of life.

Gavrić earned her grasp’s diploma on the Division of Comparative Literature and Librarianship in Sarajevo. She lately defended her doctoral dissertation on cosmopolitanism and world literature within the journal Nada between 1895 and 1903.

Her private story is embedded via the whole movie, as she herself is a toddler from a combined marriage. Because of this, she says it’s troublesome for her to decide on anybody scene from the movie as essentially the most poignant. Nevertheless, she in the end singles out the narrative of two women, Nora Gutić and Arven Gavrić Memić, whose spirit, reflection, and even visible illustration embody the essence of what the movie depicts.

Six 12 months outdated women Nora Gutić and Arven Gavrić Memić. (Supply: Screenshot from “The Colorless”)

“Each facet is extraordinarily essential to me and varieties an indispensable a part of the puzzle of what my objective was to convey to the viewers. But when I actually had to decide on, I’d say that it’s the angle of the 2 six-year-old women, which is essentially the most clever,” explains Gavrić.

“I’ve at all times wished to alter the world”

This can be very essential to debate these matters, particularly in a society as divided and distrustful as Bosnia and Herzegovina. The best approach method to the topic is definitely via artwork, as a result of within the case of participating artwork, silence will not be golden.

“I don’t need to be silent. Artists should not stay silent. In any other case, who else will level out the truth and what’s mistaken and weird in it? Who will uncover it?” Gavrić mentioned. She famous that she has at all times wished to alter the world and believes that that is the first drive of most of those that work with artwork — or not less than ought to be.

Nora Gutić and Arven Gavrić Memić. (Supply: Screenshot from “The Colorless”)

Velma Šarić, the president and founding father of the Publish-Battle Analysis Middle, has demonstrated the potential of artwork to alter established narratives. Her work is predicated on the usage of revolutionary multimedia content material for the promotion of peace narratives, together with documentaries, pictures, and artwork.

“Artwork has confirmed to be a wonderful medium for selling true values and matters which can be nonetheless considerably taboo in our society. Artwork is the best strategy to change present entrenched narratives,” mentioned Šarić.

Nonexistent and unsustainable relationships

The “Love Tales” exhibition was arrange on the Historical past Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which organized the screening of “The Colorless” along with the Publish-Battle Analysis Middle. The exhibition focuses on ten ethnically combined {couples} from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Each the exhibition and the movie problem the prevailing narrative that relations between individuals of various ethnicities are nonexistent and unsustainable.

Screening of “The Colorless” as a part of the pictures exhibition “The Love Tales”. Picture: Historical past museum of BiH, used with permission.

Gavrić witnessed the facility of artwork, together with documentary movie, when her movie premiered on the AJB DOC Movie Pageant in September, within the class of movies recorded with a smartphone. It’s accessible on-line on the AJB YouTube Channel (in Bosnian solely).

“It’s particularly fascinating that an viewers that isn’t instantly affected by the central theme reacted strongly to the movie. Folks typically cried and laughed on the similar time watching it. As somebody who has spent her complete life writing, that’s, a medium that has a really restricted attain, this expertise is completely extraordinary,” defined Gavrić. She added that this movie truly represents a big turning level in her work — the transition from textual content to shifting image.

The inspiration for the title “The Colorless” got here from the work of Džemaludin Latić, a professor and author who printed a textual content in 1994 within the wartime journal Ljiljan and within the collected quantity “Mješoviti brakovi” (Blended Marriages). Within the textual content, he talked about combined marriages as “a sort of misunderstanding of widespread life is current,” in addition to “largely failed marriages through which extreme conflicts come up.” He additionally mentioned that kids from these marriages are “pissed off by default,” and thus, the writer advisable on the time that “such marriages finish as soon as and for all.”

“Within the movie, he was given the house to clarify his present view of the textual content he wrote nearly 30 years in the past, and to precise his views on the topic at present,” Gavrić mentioned. At one level within the movie, Professor Latić apologizes for, as he says, “the clumsy and careless expression” he used within the 1994 textual content.

The writer of “The Colorless” believes that we must always embrace variety in id amongst individuals.

“Don’t enable your self to be divided, diminished, or categorized. The bottom acceptable collective id determinant for a human being is that of belonging to earth. That is the one strategy to the Kantian utopia of everlasting peace,” Gavrić concluded.

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