Los Angeles, California – The feature-length documentary re:Generation by director Emir Kapetanovic, part of the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) USAID-funded reconciliation project in Bosnia and Herzegovina was recognized with a Special Mention by the Jury in the Best Documentary category at the 2019 South East European Film Festival (SEEfest) in Los Angeles, California.
The documentary, which was produced and filmed in partnership with Bosnian film collective Magacin Kabare, was screened on May 8, 2019 at the closing gala of the 14th SEEFest, at the Writers Guild Theater in Los Angeles. SEEfest, an annual film festival held during the first week of May in venues throughout Los Angeles, showcases feature films, documentaries, and shorts thematically related to South East Europe and the Caucasus. The film was previously nominated for Best Documentary at the Berlin Motion Picture Film Festival in December 2018, and was shown at the fifth House of Tolerance Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia in March 2018.
re:Generation follows ten young “Reconciliation Ambassadors” on their journey across Bosnia and Herzegovina to confront the conflicting narratives of the past, almost 25 years after the brutal war that ended in a fragile peace. The ambassadors listen to accounts of the conflict from war veterans and survivors while interviewing politicians, journalists, and religious leaders in their search for positive examples of reconciliation that offer hope for the new generation.
In the coming months, IRI and Magacin Kabare will continue to host screenings of re:Generation in schools throughout Bosnia & Herzegovina and at film festivals throughout Europe.