Srebrenica is no longer just the name of a town. It represents the worst of human cruelty and an act that many had hoped was expunged from European history with the end of World War II. Jasmila Žbanić’s drama unfolds in 1995, just as the Serbian army have entered the mostly Muslim Bosnia town. Aida (Jasna Đuričić) is a translator for the UN. Her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp. But as an insider to the negotiations, she has access to crucial information that forces her into the untenable position of deciding between her obligation to those she loves and the role that has a wider impact.
A powerful drama focused on one of the most shameful moments of recent European history, Žbanić’s humanity, locating her story on a relatable level, within an event that many of us might find impossible to comprehend, is what raises Quo Vadis, Aida? far above the level of the standard war film.
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