Pula Film Festival Winner: Next to Me by Stevan Filipović

Even though screened at 11:00 pm mid festival week, the world premiere of Stevan Filipović and Hypnopolis Film’s Next to Me (Pored Mene) showed to a packed venue in the Pula Film Festival‘s 7,500 capacity Roman arena. The film lays down its political and artistic cards early on. High-school history teacher Olja (played by Hristina Popović) … More Pula Film Festival Winner: Next to Me by Stevan Filipović

Branko Schmidt’s Ungiven and Applause for Tito at 62nd Pula Film Festival’s Opening Night

The ruins of the Roman arena in Pula filled with professional attendees and local viewers on the Pula Film Festival’s opening night. Able to hold 12000 people, the arena was almost full. The festivities opened with speeches, fireworks, and a restored black and white documentary about the film festival from 1955. The audience laughed at … More Branko Schmidt’s Ungiven and Applause for Tito at 62nd Pula Film Festival’s Opening Night

On ruins, great and small (Week in Review)

How do we communicate loss? What remains after catastrophe, whether the broad reach of the natural disaster or the deep one of a broken relationship? This week I’ve reflected on two somewhat related experiences: a couple of visits to the Museum of Broken Relationships and the online responses to Cascadia’s predicted “Big One.” The New … More On ruins, great and small (Week in Review)

Srebrenica reflections and digital resources (Week in Review)

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of Srebrenica’s fall to Republika Srpska forces, which led within the following week to what the Hague’s criminal tribunal has since determined to be the massacre of 7000-8000 mostly male Bosnian Muslim civilians and POWs (ranging from minors to pensioners). In addition to proving how ineffective the UN peacekeeping was at protecting its … More Srebrenica reflections and digital resources (Week in Review)