AUDIO: My review of TOY CAR – screening at the 12th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in NYC

My review of the film Toy Car by Muamer Celik. The film will screen Friday, May 22, 2015 at the 12th annual Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF). The festival runs Thursday, 5/21 through Saturday, 5/23 at Tribeca Cinemas.
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Still images from the film:

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AUDIO: A little bit about ‘Dear Lastan’ – screening at the 2015 BHFF in NYC

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The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City

AUDIO: Introducing the film ‘The Chicken’ which will open the 2015 Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City on Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City

Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City announces two jury members for 2015

by Zlatko Filipović • @zfilipov

The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival in New York City has announced two jury members for 2015.

Award-winning filmmaker and media executive Pamela Hogan and award-winning journalist and Sarajevo-born Almin Karamehmedović will serve as jury members during this year’s event, taking place May 21-23 at Tribeca Cinemas.

The BHFF is still accepting film submissions. The final deadline is Sunday, March 15, 2015.

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Pamela Hogan

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Hogan and Karamehmedović will be joined by a third jury member who will be announced in the coming weeks.

The jury will award Golden Apples to the Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, and Best Documentary Film.

Pamela Hogan is Series Creator and Executive Producer of Time for School, PBS’s longitudinal mini-series following seven children from seven countries as they fight against the odds for a basic education.

She was recently Co-creator and Executive Producer of Women, War & Peace, a five-part media initiative on women’s strategic role in global conflict and peace-building. She was also Director of Episode 1, I Came to Testify, about the Bosnian women who changed international law when they testified about wartime rape for the first time in history. Seen by 12 million viewers on PBS, the films won two Overseas Press Club awards, a Television Academy Honor, and the ABA’s Silver Gavel.

Almin Karamehmedović is the Executive Producer of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.

Karamehmedović was born in Sarajevo and began his career at the national Bosnian-Herzegovinian broadcaster RTV BiH.

He now lives and works in New York City.

He was named Executive Producer of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir in August 2014. In this position, Karamehmedović oversees the production and all daily operations of the program.

Prior to joining ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, Karamehmedović served as the Executive Producer of Nightline, also on ABC.

You can read more of Hogan’s and Karamehmedović’s biographies on the BHFF’s blog.

© 2015 Zlatko Filipović. All rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rebroadcast, rewritten or redistributed without author’s permission.

Traditional Vocal Group ‘ROSA’ aims to preserve, nurture and celebrate the authentic form of traditional singing from Serbia

February 12, 2015

by Zlatko Filipović@zfilipov

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Marija Stojnic is a co-founder of ‘ROSA’ – a New York City-based, all-female vocal ensemble that unites singers from three continents with a mission to preserve and nurture the authentic form of traditional singing from Serbia. The group was formed in 2014. You can see them perform on Sunday, March 1st, 2015 at Gallery MC in New York City during a benefit event for flood victims in Macedonia. The following is a Q&A I recently conducted with Stojnic:

‘ROSA’ - a New York City-based, all female vocal ensemble that unites singers from three continents with a mission to preserve and nurture the authentic form of traditional singing from Serbia. The group was formed in 2014. Note: all still images in this article are provided by / courtesy of Marija Stojnic and/or ROSA.

‘ROSA’ – a New York City-based, all female vocal ensemble that unites singers from three continents with a mission to preserve and nurture the authentic form of traditional singing from Serbia. The group was formed in 2014. Note: all still images in this article are provided by / courtesy of Marija Stojnic and/or ROSA.

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Zlatko Filipovic: Tell us about your background, where you come from, where your family is from?

Marija Stojnic: My family settled down in a small town in western Serbia where I spent my childhood. I left home at the age of 15 to pursue my artistic dreams and entered the Music School ‘Mokranjac’ in Belgrade, department of Ethnomusicology, where I studied traditional singing for three years. My mentor was professor Sanja Rankovic, PhD, today a good friend and one of my closest associates on the projects we will talk about. Still, film was another big passion of mine so I ended up getting a degree from the Department for Film and TV directing at the Academy of Arts in Belgrade, and I continued pursuing my career in documentary film and TV. 
In 2011, I moved to New York City, and entered MA (Media Studies) at The New School for Public Engagement. That’s when I continued my research in the field of Traditional Serbian Music and Art. The idea for the project ‘Girl Who Opposed the Sun’ was conceived during my first year of studies at the Media Studies department.

Marija Stojnic.

Marija Stojnic. Note: all still images in this article are provided by / courtesy of Marija Stojnic and/or ROSA.

Zlatko Filipovic: Tell us about the group ‘ROSA’? How did it get its start? What are you hoping to achieve?

Marija Stojnic: Shortly before ‘ROSA’ was founded, I was finishing my thesis and working on a documentary about traditional Serbian singing. I was preparing a lecture about cultural and social aspects of traditional female singing from Serbia for the ‘200 years of Serbs in America’ event in Philadelphia, when my friend Aleksandra Denda, an incredibly talented singer/songwriter and a graduate of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, approached me with a proposal to form a group that will perform this kind of music. Together, we founded a multi-national, all-female Traditional Vocal Ensemble ‘ROSA’ – which further supported the mission of ‘Girl Who Opposed the Sun’ project. The idea behind ‘ROSA’ is that it’s an open-type female ensemble that serves to preserve and nurture the authentic form of traditional, non-tempered singing from Serbia and educate new singers regardless of their ethnic or cultural background. Also, we plan on bringing the most relevant Serbian experts and singers to teach workshops in the U.S.
 We want these songs to be heard so we gladly accept every invitation that comes our way. You can see us and hear us next at the upcoming benefit at Gallery MC in New York City on March 1st, 2015 for flood relief in Macedonia. It’s a great humanitarian cause and we want to support it in any way we can.

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‘ROSA’ – a New York City-based, all female vocal ensemble that unites singers from three continents with a mission to preserve and nurture the authentic form of traditional singing from Serbia. The group was formed in 2014. Note: all still images in this article are provided by / courtesy of Marija Stojnic and/or ROSA.

Zlatko Filipovic: Tell us about the film you’re working on.

Marija Stojnic: ‘Girl Who Opposed the Sun’ is a feature-length musical-documentary about folk art and vanishing musical tradition from Serbia that was created and passed along by women through centuries of our turbulent history. Irreducible to the Western tonal system, these songs are impossible to write down and can be carried on only as an oral tradition. In the film, three generations of women reveal the mesmerizing power of this heritage that embodies folklore and myth, and a desire to explore the value of an intergenerational memory. The film blends in two worlds – of darkness and wonder, both equal in weight: the contemporary life in Serbia and the fantastic mythical world of the region’s folk art preserved in songs, fairy tales, poetry, painting, etc. Through this film, I wanted to explore all those unspoken cultural factors that shaped me into the individual I am today as well as to play with the non-linear narrative and postmodern history genre as it redefines our notions of “truth.” Unfortunately, the production is on hold while we are attempting to raise funds sufficient to continue filming in Serbia, hopefully by the end of this year.

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On the set of film ‘Girl Who Opposed the Sun’ in Serbia. Note: all still images in this article are provided by / courtesy of Marija Stojnic and/or ROSA.

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Links:

‘ROSA’ Facebook page

Girl Who Opposed the Sun – website

Aleksandra Denda – singer/songwriter / co-founder of ‘ROSA’

Gallery MC – New York, NY

Benefit in NYC on March 1st, 2015 for flood victims in Macedonia

‘200 years of Serbs in America’ event in Philadelphia, PA

Music School ‘Mokranjac’ – Belgrade, Serbia

The Academy of Arts in Belgrade

Berklee College of Music – Boston, MA

The New School for Public Engagement – New York, NY

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Note: all still images in this article are provided by / courtesy of Marija Stojnic and/or ROSA.

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© 2015 Zlatko Filipović. All rights reserved. This material may not be republished, rebroadcast, rewritten or redistributed without author’s permission.