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Quo vadis, Aida? (2020)

Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.

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Jasmila Zbanic

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Jasmila Zbanic
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Credited cast:
Raymond Thiry ... sergeant-major Franken
Reinout Bussemaker ... colonel doctor Robben
Johan Heldenbergh ... Colonel Karremans
Boris Isakovic ... Ratko Mladic
Emir Hadzihafizbegovic ... Joka
Jasna Djuricic Jasna Djuricic ... Aida
Joes Brauers ... Boudewijn
Juda Goslinga Juda Goslinga ... sergeant Rutte
Teun Luijkx ... captain Mintjes
Jovan Zivanovic ... Beli
Ermin Bravo
Alban Ukaj Alban Ukaj ... Tarik
Ermin Sijamija
Micha Hulshof Micha Hulshof ... major De Haan
Izudin Bajrovic Izudin Bajrovic ... Nihad
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Bosnia, July 1995. Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. As an insider to the negotiations Aida has access to crucial information that she needs to interpret. What is at the horizon for her family and people - rescue or death? Which move should she take?

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Drama | War

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A powerful portrait of a historical moment.
15 September 2020 | by chong_anSee all my reviews

This is about events around the Srebrenica massacre in 1995. The UN promised that this would be a safe zone, but doesn't back up its ultimatums with action, leaving the small contingent of UN peacekeepers helpless in the face of stronger Serbian forces, who step-by-step get bolder, take over the town, and eventually the civilians seeking safety at the UN base.

I saw this as a digital screening of the Toronto International Film Festival, with writer / director Q+A. The writer put together the story based on actual transcripts, together with survivor stories. Many were composited into the main character Aida. Aida is a translator for the UN troops, and she also tries to keep safe her husband and 2 teenaged sons,. Thus she could move between the "defenders" and the defended, and tell the stories of both.

The characters are well-played and believable, and there are little touches that are illuminating: some flashbacks to pre-war life, a reference to neighbors turning against neighbors, etc. My one complaint is that, as a composite, some events seem to happen too quickly.


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3 September 2020 (Italy) See more »

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