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Genocide Film Library Records 1000th Interview

“I am ready to forgive for peace in the future. I want my children and grandchildren to live in peace.” -Srebrenica genocide survivor

SARAJEVO –Today, the Cinema for Peace Foundation filmed the 1000th interview with a survivor of the Srebrenica genocide for the Genocide Film Library Bosnia-Herzegovina. The implementation of this project is expected to last until 2017, at which point the Genocide Film Library will be comprised of 10,000 survivor testimonies. The Genocide Film Library is supported by governmental institutions, national and international courts, and the family associations of the victims and survivors of the Srebrenica genocide. In 2013, the Cinema for Peace Foundation looks forward to cooperating with the University of California's  Shoah Foundation, founded by Steven Spielberg, in the implementation of this important project. In joining forces with the Shoah Foundation, it seeks to prevent future genocides and to preserve the memories of the victims and the stories of the survivors of the Srebrenica genocide.

The Genocide Film Library Bosnia-Herzegovina, which received initial funding by the Federal Republic of Germany's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2012, is an oral history project that enables Srebrenica genocide survivors to tell and record their life stories. Personal support to the project has been given by Angelina Jolie, who has donated funds and called the project as "important and necessary“. The archives of the Genocide Film Library are to be made available online, and to museums, like-minded organizations, and educational institutions around the world.

Many of the survivors of the Srebrenica genocide never had the opportunity to speak about what they and their family members experienced in Srebrenica between 1992 and 1995. The Genocide Film Library is a resource that preserves stories which had never before been told. When watching the video testimonies, we can learn about the moments Srebrenica genocide survivors will never forget – their suffering, fear, feelings of powerless and separation from their loved ones.

Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Germany's Foreign Minister, explains: „ History must not be forgotten. It must be remembered, it must be told, it must be preserved. This is why I am glad that Germany initially supported and funded the Genocide Film Library. Its documentation is an essential contribution to the lengthy and for many painful, albeit necessary process of reconciliation in Bosnia-Herzegovina.“

The Genocide Film Library is being produced in studios in Sarajevo and Tuzla. It is planned to start recording personal testimonies in Srebrenica by spring of 2013. The Cinema for Peace Foundation aims is to document, in an audiovisual format, the life stories of 10.000 Srebrenica survivors, particularly those who previously haven't had the opportunity to share their recollections of the period between 1992 and 1995.

To view the testimonies of Srebrenica genocide survivors, please visit the link below:

We invite you to watch the following films related to the issue of genocide in Bosnia and elsewhere:

  • IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY by Angelina Jolie, Cinema for Peace Most Valuable Movie of the Year 2012, is a story about Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs during the Bosnian War, who re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees.
  • NO MAN'S LAND by Danis Tanovic takes place in Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, whilst a third soldier becomes a living booby trap.
  • WELCOME TO SARAJEVO by Michael Winterbottom. Journalist Floyd from US, Michael Henderson from UK and their teams meet the beginning of Bosnian war in Sarajevo. During their reports they find an orphanage run by devoted Mrs. Savic near the front line. Henderson gets so involved in kids' problems that he decides to take on the children, Emira, illegally back to England.
  • SHOAH by Claude Lanzmann is a 9 1/2 hour documentary of the Holocaust made without using a single frame of archive footage. Lanzmann interviews survivors, witnesses, and ex-Nazis (whom he had to film secretly since though only agreed to be interviewed by audio). His style of interviewing by asking for the most minute details is effective at adding up these details to give a horrifying portrait of the events of Nazi genocide.
  • AS WE FORGIVE by Laura Waters Hinson is a documentary about Rosaria and Chantal, two Rwandan women coming face-to-face with the men who slaughtered their families during the 1994 genocide. The subjects of As We Forgive speak for a nation still wracked by the grief of a genocide that killed one in eight Rwandans in 1994.