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Film Screening • Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020)
October 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for a special screening of the 2022 LUX Audience Award-winning film, “Quo Vadis, Aida?” by Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić.
The film focuses on Aida, a translator for the United Nations, during the Srebrenica genocide in the summer of 1995. Based on true events, the film tells the story of Aida, an English teacher and translator taking shelter in a United Nations military base operated by Dutch peacekeepers, alongside her husband, two sons, and 30,000 other refugees. As the Serbian army encroaches on the town and fatal round-ups begin, a UN ultimatum is ignored by the invading forces relentlessly shelling the civilians. Aida frantically scrambles to save her family within the so-called safe zone, while protection from the UN peacekeepers crumbles. As an insider to the negotiations Aida has access to crucial information that she needs to interpret. What is on the horizon for her family and people – rescue or death? What move should she take?
A panel & discussion featuring a representative from the European Parliament Liaison Office (Washington, DC) and Jessie Barton Hronešová (Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow, UNC) will follow the film, along with a reception.
This film screening is organized by the UNC Center for European Studies and co-sponsored by UNC’s Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies.