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Omarska

 
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Bosnian War 1992. In the north of Bosnia and Herzegovina lies the concentration camp Omarska, which according to Serbian reports was an assembly point and investigation centre. Between May and August 1992, thousands of people were interned, tortured, raped and murdered there. Now it is a factory site of the Arcelor Mittal Company. So far, those murdered there have yet to be commemorated. The film is based on the agonizing memories of Nusreta Sivac, who served as a judge until the outbreak of the war. She was sent to the Omarska concentration camp and had to work in the kitchen. From there she could observe the atrocities and became a victim of the violence herself. Omarska tries to construct a virtual memorial using archive material, videos and statements by survivors in a 3D animation. As soon as the last witnesses have died, text and image documents will play a central role in the historical reappraisal of the events. Scientists, artists, filmmakers and writers will become interpreters of the past and will have to replace the survivors who were the historians of their own experience.

by
Varun Sasindran

France 2018

Bosnian, English

Documentary form
19’ · Colour · 2K DCP

World premiere

With

Nusreta Sivac
Edin Ramulić
Midhat Fazlić
Emin Delić (Translator)

Crew

Director
Varun Sasindran
Director of Photography
Varun Sasindran
Editing
Sajra Subasic
3D Animation
Oh Eun Lee
Sound Design
Yannick Delmaire

Biography

Varun Sasindran

Born in Kerala, India in 1987, he studied electronics and communication engineering and worked as a software engineer for four years. In 2012, inspired by his visits to international film festivals, he quit his job and turned his attentions to film. He studied visual media at the University of Calicut in Kerala and took a master’s degree at the Sarajevo Film Academy where, thanks to a workshop led by director Alain Fleischer, he became aware of Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in France and went on to study there.

Filmography (short films)

2017 La Chambre (The Room) 2018 Omarska

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains
www.le-fresnoy.tm.fr

World sales

Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains
www.le-fresnoy.tm.fr